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"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
Megan Ming Francis

Last aired: November 23, 2014

"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Last aired: November 16, 2014

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"
2014 Southern Festival of Books: Panel on Southern History
Marcie Cohen Ferris; Blain Roberts

Last aired: November 10, 2014

2014 Southern Festival of Books: Panel on Southern History
"The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan"
Rick Perlstein

Last aired: November 1, 2014

"The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan"
2014 Southern Festival of Books: Earl Swift, "Auto Biography"
Earl Swift

Last aired: October 18, 2014

2014 Southern Festival of Books: Earl Swift, "Auto Biography"
"Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet"
John Bemelmans Marciano

Last aired: October 12, 2014

"Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet"
"Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy's Fate"
Joseph Wheelan

Last aired: September 28, 2014

"Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy's Fate"
"Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26 - June 5, 1864"
Daniel Davis; Phillip Greenwalt

Last aired: September 28, 2014

"Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26 - June 5, 1864"
"Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger"
Stephen Grant

Last aired: September 22, 2014

"Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger"
"Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic"
Matthew Stewart

Last aired: September 21, 2014

"Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic"
"Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski"
Jim Freeman; Donald Max Noel; Terry Turchie

Last aired: September 20, 2014

"Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski"
"What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979–89"
Bruce Riedel

Last aired: September 14, 2014

"What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979–89"
"West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776"
Claudio Saunt

Last aired: August 25, 2014

"West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776"
"American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why"
Mark Stein

Last aired: August 2, 2014

"American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why"
"The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"
Danny Glover

Last aired: July 20, 2014

"The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"
"Extremism in America"
George Michael

Last aired: June 16, 2014

"Extremism in America"
"Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons"
Sylviane Diouf

Last aired: May 25, 2014

"Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons"
"The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI"
Betty Medsger

Last aired: March 9, 2014

"The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI"
Tour of "The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects"
Richard Kurin

Last aired: February 9, 2014

Tour of "The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects"
"America's First Crisis: The War of 1812"
Robert Watson

Last aired: February 9, 2014

"America's First Crisis: The War of 1812"
"The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football"
John Miller

Last aired: February 2, 2014

"The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football"
"The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West"
Andrew Graybill

Last aired: January 27, 2014

"The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West"
"The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."
Andrew Schlesinger; Stephen Schlesinger

Last aired: January 21, 2014

"The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."
"The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973"
Kathleen Frydl

Last aired: January 4, 2014

"The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973"
"The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817"
Myron Magnet

Last aired: January 1, 2014

"The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817"
"Five Days in November"
Clint Hill; Lisa McCubbin

Last aired: December 31, 2013

Panel on the scholarship of historian and author David Reynolds
David Reynolds

Last aired: December 22, 2013

Panel on the scholarship of historian and author David Reynolds
"Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance"
Carla Kaplan

Last aired: December 21, 2013

"Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance"
"The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers"
Brian Dolinar (ed.)

Last aired: December 21, 2013

"The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers"
15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2011: "Unfamiliar Fishes"
Sarah Vowell

Last aired: December 1, 2013

15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2011: "Unfamiliar Fishes"
"One Summer: America, 1927"
Bill Bryson

Last aired: November 29, 2013

"One Summer: America, 1927"

Book TV Schedule

Highlights

BookTV Tours Book Publisher Simon & Schuster
BookTV Tours Simon & Schuster

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 11:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
Interview with Anthony Marx, President & CEO of the New York Public Library
Anthony Marx

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 6pm (ET)
Approx. 42 min.
Tour of the New York Public Library: Berg Collection of English and American Literature
Isaac Gewirtz

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 6:42pm (ET)
Approx. 11 min.
Tour of the New York Public Library: Rose Reading Room
Ann Thornton

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 6:53pm (ET)
Approx. 3 min.
"The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents"
Ronald Kessler

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 8pm (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980"
Thomas Reed

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 40 min.
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th, at 7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 9 min.
"An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States: How Taxes, Energy, and Worker Freedom Change Everything"
Arthur Laffer

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th, at 9pm (ET)
Approx. 52 min.
Book TV Interviews with New York University Professors: Dan Fagin, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation"
Dan Fagin

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th, at 5:30am (ET)
Approx. 25 min.
Book TV Interviews with New York University Professors: Linda Gordon, "Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits"
Linda Gordon

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 1:25pm (ET)
Approx. 28 min.
"How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness"
Russ Roberts

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 49 min.
2014 Wisconsin Book Festival: Gail Sheehy, "Daring: My Passages"
Gail Sheehy

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 6 min.
"Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom"
Allen West

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation"
Bill Nye

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
Book TV Interviews with New York University Professors: Brooke Kroeger, "Undercover Reporting"
Brooke Kroeger

Next air time: Monday, December 1st, at 1:25am (ET)
Approx. 25 min.
"The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"
Alex Epstein

Next air time: Monday, December 1st, at 2am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Viewer Call-in with Kris Paronto and Mark Geist, "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi"
Mark Geist; Kris Paronto

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 12:15am (ET)
Approx. 38 min.

Also Airing...

Friday, November 28th

4pm (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"World Order"
Henry Kissinger
6:53pm (ET)
Approx. 3 min.
Tour of the New York Public Library: Rose Reading Room
Ann Thornton
9pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 4 min.
"War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love"
Rebecca Frankel
11:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
BookTV Tours Book Publisher Simon & Schuster
BookTV Tours Simon & Schuster

Saturday, November 29th

1am (ET)
Approx. 2 hr. 4 min.
2014 National Book Awards
Multiple Authors
6am (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"World Order"
Henry Kissinger
8am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
Megan Ming Francis
9am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 10 min.
"The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus"
Richard Preston
10:15am (ET)
Approx. 43 min.
"13 Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War"
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
11am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"Exonerated: A Brief and Dangerous Freedom"
Joyce King
12:15pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.
"The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War"
Yochi Dreazen
1:30pm (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
"Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice"
John Nagl
2:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government"
Sam Daley-Harris
4:30pm (ET)
Approx. 41 min.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Cornel West, "Black Prophetic Fire"
Cornel West
7pm (ET)
Approx. 40 min.
"The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980"
Thomas Reed
7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 9 min.
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore

Sunday, November 30th

3am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 22 min.
"My Story"
Julia Gillard
4:30am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 1 min.
"Crapitalism: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars"
Jason Mattera
6:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 6 min.
John Lanchester, "How to Speak Money" & Michael Lewis, "Liar's Poker"
John Lanchester; Michael Lewis
9am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.
2014 Boston Book Festival - Panel: Mayors
Benjamin Barber; Daniel Rivera; Martin Walsh; Lisa Wong
11am (ET)
Approx. 55 min.
"The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History"
Boris Johnson
2pm (ET)
Approx. 40 min.
"The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980"
Thomas Reed
4pm (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"
Laura Auricchio
6pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"The Meaning of Human Existence"
Edward O. Wilson
7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 6 min.
2014 Wisconsin Book Festival: Gail Sheehy, "Daring: My Passages"
Gail Sheehy
11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation"
Bill Nye

Monday, December 1st

2am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"
Alex Epstein
4am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
"Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine"
Barrett Tillman
5:15am (ET)
Approx. 43 min.
"13 Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War"
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
6am (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement"
Deborah Rhode
7am (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
2014 Southern Festival of Books: World War II in the Pacific
Jack McCall, Jr.; James Scott

Upcoming Programs

IN DEPTH

In Depth is Book TV's monthly interview/call-in program with an author featuring his or her body of work.  It's LIVE on the first Sunday of every month.    Mark Levin, Bonnie Morris, Peniel Joseph, Bing West, Luis Rodriguez, Amity Shlaes, Reza Aslan, Ron Paul, Mary Frances Berry, Joan Biskupic, and Michael Korda are this year's past guests so far.

Dec 7  Arthur Brooks  www.aei.org
Jan 4, 2015  Tavis Smiley www.tavistalks.com  @tavissmiley

You can watch all past In Depths online by using the "Search" function in the upper left hand corner of this website.

EVENT COVERAGE

Here are some events that Book TV will be covering in the coming weeks:

11/10/14: San Francsico, Jewich Community Center: Robert Baer, The Perfect Kill

11/11/14:  Philadelphia, U. of Pennsylvania Bookstore:  Stephen Kotkin, Stalin    

11/11/14:  Washington, D.C., National Press Club: John McCain, 13 Soldiers  

11/12/14:  Hudson Library & Historical Society, Hudson, OH:  James Robbins, The Real Custer   

11/12/14:  Philadelphia, Pen and Pencil Club:  Flemming Rose, The Tyranny of Silence  

11/12/14:  Los Angeles, Los Angeles Public Library:  Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman

11/12/14:  Chicago, University of Chicago:  Robert Howse, Leo Strauss  

11/12/14:  St. Louis, MO: St. Louis University: Russ Roberts, How Adam Smith Can Change

11/13/14:  Brooklyn, NY:  BookCourt: Mark Leibovich, Citizens of the Green Room   

11/13/14:  Newport, RI:  Island Books: Charles Edel, Nation Builder  

11/13/14   Brooklyn, NY:  New York Transit Museum:  Gay Talese, The Bridge  

11/14/14  New Haven, CT:  Yale University:  Conference on James Burnham's Suicide of the West

11/14/14  Northhampton, MA:  American Friends Service Committee:  Reese Erlich, Inside Syria

11/16/14  NYC:  Museum of Jewish Heritage:  Ron Rosenbaum, Explaining Hitler

11/18/14  Boston:  Harvard Club of Boston:  Marin Katusa, The Colder War

11/19/14  NYC:  University Club:  Art Laffer, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States  

11/19/14  *LIVE* NYC: Cipriani:  65th Annual National Book Awards  NYC

11/22-23/14  *LIVE*  Miami Book Fair International

11/24/14  Cambridge, MA:  Porter Square Books:  Mary Elise Sarotte, The Collapse

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Book TV covers many book festivals each year, many of them LIVE.  In 2014, our festival coverage will include book festivals in Tucson, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlottesville, New York, Freedom Fest in Vegas, Brooklyn, the Roosevelt Reading Festival in Hyde Park, NY, Harlem Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival and Miami Book Fair International in November.  You can watch those we've already covered online.  Find them using the "Search" button in the upper lefthand corner of this homepage.

For a complete list of upcoming book festivals, click on the BOOK FAIRS tab at the top of the page.