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>> guest: i never thought about that. i have a husband who is extremely high-tech, and so when guy home and ask him this, we i'm sure he's going to laugh and say, don't worry. i think, anyway. >> host: how anonymous are you these days? can you be anonymous still? >> guest: i can be anonnews muff, sure. when i am recognized, it's the sweetest kind of -- if you want to call it fame you can have. it's the ups guy saying, hey, you know, your book was the first book i every read. it's giving you your credit card to a sales clerk or a wait person somewhere and saying, thank you for those books. it couldn't be nicer. but i don't really have any problem with that. ...
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the urge to ban books, to challenge books. it is madening and interesting because it grows out of the desire. it's feared. it is fewer if my child reads this book you have written my child is going to know about this and if my child knows about this media is going to happen to my child or maybe my child is going to do it or maybe my child is going to ask me questions i don't want to answer. maybe my child is going to get new ideas and i don't want my child to have new ideas but if you can as a parent talk to your kids all the time about whatever comes up read the same books they are reading without becoming fearful and just let it happen naturally.
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talk to your kids about characters and books. it's a great way to communicate. and don't be afraid and don't be judgmental of what the kids are reading. the important thing is if they are reading. >> did your parents encourage your reading and writing when you were young? >> my parents to we encourage my reading. my parents were both readers and books in our house, there was never anything off-limits. i said last night when i spoke books were a good thing. reading was a good thing. it wasn't anything to be afraid of and there was no book in my house and there were many books in my house i was sent free to explore and i was reading a lot of adult books at 12 and 13. also because there were not any young adult books you went from nancy drew to salinger or i don't know, john o'hara, and i
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never had the idea that i was reading anything wrong because there wasn't anything wrong. they were books and they were to be cherished and they were there for me and the more i explored these books the more i wanted to read. and it's through reading that you become a writer. i don't believe anybody can be a writer who hasn't first and eighth reader. >> how many books are you currently working on? >> currently i am a one project at a time girl. i have to focus in and it's very hard for me if i can't do that. i only take on one project at a time. >> how many ideas are in your head? >> i don't know. i'm not sure. i never know. it's interesting usually based on the back burner for a long
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time before they know this is the day. okay. it's your turn. let's see what you have to say and i go into that room and start. but for the first time in my life an idea came to me last year while i was listening to another writer talking about her book and was just like bing and became the plot and characters and required research which life never had the pleasure of doing before because i write contemporary fiction and this process of doing research i loved it. i have fallen in love and i don't know if i ever want to do another book without it but i haven't started the book yet and my nonfiction writing friends say jack the research, that's the fun part. we until you have to sit down and write the book. so the book will be a novel and based on something that happened in mauney town in the 50's when i was growing up. >> where did you grow up? >> elizabeth, new jersey.
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>> can you give an idea what the event was? >> i'd rather not. >> childrens author, judy bloom, thank you for being on booktv. >> thank you. it was fun. next from friday's washington journal notable books of 2009. washington journal viewers participate in the conversation by sharing their choices. this is one hour. >> host: heading into the final weekend of 20 only we are going to spend the next hour asking you about your best, you're favorite nonfiction book of 2009. for mines are open and we hope to get a lot of comments and calls. 202-737-0001 for republicans, 202-737-0002 for democratic and, 202-628-0205 four others. we do this in conjunction with booktv which has been in business since september of 1996, 11 years, september of,
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excuse me, september 1998, is it 96. 11 years of booktv, 40 hours of nonfiction programming every year on c-span2 and this weekend as well. during the hour we are also going to bring some of the defense we covered in the past year. some of the books including this one with author david finkel who authored the good soldiers. here's a look at some of the things he had to say on that and we will get back to your calls. >> another soldier one of his best hadn't yet written in the journal he kept hidden i'd lost all hope. i feel the end is near for me. ferry in the year. another haven't yet got angry enough to shoot a thirsty dog that was lapping up a couple of human blood. another who at the end of this would become the italians most decorated soldier hadn't yet started dreaming about the people he had killed and wondering if god was going to ask him about the two who had been climbing the ladder. another had yet started seeing himself shooting a man in the head and then the little girl who just watched them shoot the
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man in the head. every time he shot his eyes. for that matter, his own dreams have been started yet either at least the ones he would remember, the one in which his wife and friends were in a cemetery surrounding the hole into which he was suddenly falling for the one in which everything around him was exploding and he was trying to fight back with no weapon and no ammunition other than the bucket of cold plates. those trains would be along soon enough in early april, 2007 ralf costs were a u.s. army lieutenant colonel who had some 800 soldiers in baghdad as part of george w. bush's search was still finding a reason every day to see it is all good. >> host: the topic until 10:00 eastern the best nonfiction book of 2009. ayn rand must the topic of a couple of books including jennifer burns, we covered and even and we offered back jennifer burns, goddess of the market is the name of the book, ayn rand and the american right. and any event that is coming up on c-span, booktv, rather, in
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depth, michelle malkin and her new book, culture of corruption. this is mazar arizonan. aaron, you are first of. you're favorite nonfiction book of the year. go ahead. >> it's so hard to pick just one. but i don't think of the city of hope can melt until 2000 and that's up there. marcus's book taking on the system was good but i think my favorite would have to be jeremy scales blackwater. when i read blackwater and just on topic of -- >> what do you learn out of the black water? >> ravee in depth -- the in depth that jeremy goes into, his investigative journalism is amazing. eric prints, his family history and basically how he was born and bred into this person who
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created this blackwater basically mercenary army who feels it's their obligation to destroy the muslim face as christians, basically christian crusaders. >> host: thanks for the comments this morning. here is austin texas, martha on the independent line as we look for your favorite nonfiction book of 2009. >> caller: my favorite nonfiction book is power of illusion by chris hedges. chris hedges is a senior fellow at the institute. he spent two decades as a foreign correspondent. the book says a culture that cannot distinguish between the reality and illusion. are we dying now. he's talking about how and gossip passed for news and information and i think an example of that is sarah palin.
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look how much publicity she has gotten from the book that has nothing in it and i don't think much of her. but he does talk about the culture of delusion. he goes on to say -- he talks about capitalism which is complicated and unregulated turning in debt into magical assets, corporations manufacturing base had been destroyed and paul first. >> host: martha, thanks for the opinions and thoughts on your favorite books. glenn on the republican line, what was you're i think we have clan are you there? seattle, go ahead. is this seattle washington? >> [inaudible] >> host: i'm going to put you on hold. we will lose you there. los angeles on our democrats line. what was your favorite nonfiction book of the year? >> caller: thank you for taking my call.
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my favorite polk actually is one we've released it was formerly called playing the enemy but we named it the case. it's about this movie just released by clint eastwood starring morgan freeman with matt damon. it's an absolutely incredible book in that show such a short period, a short space less than 300 pages he takes us from mandela on the island all the way to the world cup of 1995. incredible book. incredible lesson for the country. >> are they releasing that in the paperback form now that the movie is coming out? >> caller: yes, sir and they've called it invictus. >> host: the christian science monitor as the future of reading. the next chapter is digital but the story doesn't end there is the headline here on christian science monitor and latest edition. they are talking about the books, the kindle and other
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books and the right inside the christian science monitor on this piece about 40 books the sales remain a minuscule part of the publishing industry just 1.4% of the total 10.9 billion of sales in the first nine months of this year. that's 2,009 according to the association of american publishers but not unlike the way digital music overtook traditional cds overnight. he books were probably dominating the publishing industry sales within ten years, and as we go to our next call i will give you a look of some of the books starting with the kindle at the top of the article on ebook and future of reading. seattle, glenn on the republican line what is your favorite nonfiction book? >> my favorite nonfiction book is dr. mark leff and liberty and tyranny. can i quickly mention the gentleman that called in? about his conspiracy theories? there has been mercenaries since the start of time. the haitians were here before
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the revolution. i guess it is a question for the deviants, are the serving the cause justly? the contractors are under the jurisdiction of american military and you can bet your bottom dollar they are doing the right thing while there has been a couple of cases or incidents are people getting prosecuted by and large they are doing the right thing. if you want to look for conspiracy theories look abroad emanuel's wealth, here's a man that had $1 million before he took power and in one transaction he made 14 million. >> host: thanks for the input. we are talking about your favorite books to read that when you mentioned liberty and tyranny and one of the best sellers of 2,009 years lawrence kansas on the independent line. hi there. >> caller: how are you doing? >> host: fine, thanks. >> caller: mary chris. >> host: same to you, john. >> caller: my book is a case of privilege. i saw this on c-span and it is a
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wonderful book. i wish everybody in washington, d.c. would read it. >> host: one of the things recovered was a book called teaching styles book, the first tycoon. here is a look at what the author had to say during the book tv and we covered. >> he believed we make progress as a society by everybody pursuing their own interest as fiercely as possible and he firmly believed it is almost my duty as a citizen you pursue your interest and fight for them and he thought that is what everybody should do. but what of the exceptions of that is he was deeply patriotic. and he named it to a foot, three sons after his heroes, george washington, henry emmerson and cornelius vanderbilt. [laughter] and so when the civil war came around, he tried to give his largest steamship which cost
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nearly a million dollars. he tried to give it to the union navy and giddy and said no the secretary of the navy. he was a little prickly. nobody thought the war would last that long. never going to have this expensive ship it's going to be a white elephant for the navy. he said no so vanderbilt ended up being forced actually against his will to lease it for large sums to the department. >> host: teaching styles on his book the first tycoon and by the way you can go to the book tv website, and search defense. you will find all kind of video including that want to take a look at what online. you're favorite best non-fiction book of 2009 year raised dennis in bloomfield hills, michigan. go ahead. >> merry christmas, sir. >> thank you. >> caller: there's a lot of great nonfiction books that cannot and of a book about dred scott. the best this year was and the fed by dr. ron paul. we heard discussion back-and-forth about liberty and that sort of thing on the two
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parties but i think dr. paul kneal did in terms of the linchpin that's caused so many problems in the federal reserve system. it is a wonderful book, very well written, very down-to-earth and his humanity comes through. i would highly recommend it and the fed to everyone a merry christmas to you and all the listeners. >> host: and we covered congressmen ron paul talking about his book at ebook event this year on book tv. here is a look. scaap next federal reserve chairman i had some confrontations with and discussion with was alan greenspan and i tell the story about the time i think most of you here in this audience would know the story that alan greenspan of course was a supporter of and friend of ayn rand and was in their group of people but in the 1960's he approached this fantastic article about how bad that debt was and how bad the federal
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central bank was and we confiscated wealth by printing money. it is a wonderful article and so we had one session one morning before we were going to the banking committee and it was to go in and personally say hello to the federal reserve board chairman because he was getting ready to testify and get a picture with him so i thought i would do that and it had been scheduled so i dug up an old copy of the object of this newsletter where the our original article appeared on the gold standard. so i dug that out and buy a ticket with me and when i was meeting him and i pulled out the shell and said do you recognize this new and he said i recognize that and i'd flipped open to that particular article and i said do you remember this article and he said i remember that article and i said what you mind signing this article for me so he took his pen out and signed it and i said what you want to add a disclaimer on this? [laughter] he said no and he said something
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amazing. just read that recently and fully endorses everything you wrote back then. >> kosko ron paul waide september this year and the fed the best nonfiction book of 2000 negative the topic. what do you think? columbia maryland nancy, good morning you were on the air. >> good morning, thank you for c-span. i'm going to put this at the top of my list this year the unforgiving, education by craig it is one of a number of books i've been using over the years. >> host: what was about? >> guest: >> caller: people on the ground. excuse me? >> host: do you want to tell more about it? >> caller: he is a remarkable young man and this account of his life is a graduate of west point, rhodes scholar, served in afghanistan and was a leader who's come back to this country to read he's still serving his country in civilian capacity on
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balance, the girls come marching home. it is part of a series of reading and in beijing over the last number of years people who served over there and who are serving. that is my sales pitch for everything i hear in the news on c-span everybody's experiences and thoughts and courage is the filter for which i give. >> host: thanks for the call this morning as we ask for the best nonfiction book of 2009 and often on booktv on c-span2 we will bring a look at the list of the best sellers from "the new york times" and other publications and bookstores as well. a look here at the top books of the list this year, the number of weeks on the list of "the new york times" best-seller top five of others by malcolm goebel, a bold fresh piece of humanity by bill reilly, liberty and tyranny by marc levin, are you their
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vodka by its mead chelsea by chelsea speed and vicky myrick. here is john on the independent line. go ahead. >> yes, mary christmas. my favorite of the year is god who hates by the subtitle courageous woman who enflamed the muslim world speaks out against her experience and the evils of islam. pascrell here is jones fell virginia. republican line, you're favorite book of 2009. >> caller: i would like to say merry christmas and thank all the troops that serve in the army and military. i appreciate them and my favorite book is the bible in every time i read it i read something new about a so it's new to me at this time of year our savior's dearth it is a good time to read it and i would like to say that jesus was conceived in december and born in september. it might be something somebody wants to study but i was a
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farmer who for many years and in the wintertime we didn't put our sheep on the side of the hills to graze. we took them to the barn that might be something you are interested in studying. >> host: a couple political books of the many political books, and by the way the past 11 years c-span's covered some 9,000 book even one of the and the age of reagan, 1980 to '89 by steven hayward. also, looking back a couple of presidency's we covered the book hw bram, his book trader to his class. here is portsmouth virginia and this is cliff on the democratic swing. go ahead >> caller: good morning. >> host: good morning. >> caller: i'm not sure if this cannot interpose a mine or not but it's vincent bucha rios book how to prosecute george w. bush for murder. you can extend the policies in this book and prosecution to obama because he is conflicted and continuing this eagle war in
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the middle east. >> host: i think that might have come now and 2008, 2007. santa rosa california is next. craig on the republican line, what are you reading? what is your favorite mom teach a book of the year? >> caller: hi, c-span, merry christmas. my favorite nonfiction book has been and always will be the bible. >> host: thank you, will spur no hampshire is next up, jim on the independent line. go ahead. >> caller: good morning. i don't know if this was 2000 later but it's american blooms. by suzanne based on literary community that gathered in concord massachusetts hall form elkhart and emmerson and was a light. i don't read much nonfiction, but was certainly less fictional the weigel.
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>> host: sandra, you're favorite nonfiction book of the year? >> caller: the late senator ted kennedy. >> host: thanks for the call this morning. one of the many vince we covered this year former publisher harold evans and his book might paper chase. to some of his comments from his book reading. >> to mike ridley it should be a celebration models we frankly but of reporting. that is what my book is about. it is about what newspapers can achieve and not what an editor can achieve but what of reporters on the ground can achieve. >> host: tucson arizona. by the way that was his book party at washington of the british embassy. this is dick. go ahead. you like the culture of corruption? >> caller: it is raising and gives great insight into what happens in washington. it is particularly interesting
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because this talks about all fought corruption that has existed before with obama and all of the people that he has brought with him. earlier somebody remarked about rahm emanuel. that is detailed in this book but when you read this book it makes you wonder how we can ever, ever straighten out the mess in washington. >> host: paul is next up. the best book of 2009. paul on the independent line will do you think? >> caller: i don't know if you guys have covered it but it is called tree spiker. >> host: treat spiker? >> caller: yep comegys one of the founders of the society and also a recent group fighting mountaintop removal when west virginia? >> host: right. i'm not sure but one way to find out is to go to the website, you can take a look at that and search by his name and see what you find. is smyrna texas, arnold on the
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democrats' line. you're favorite nonfiction book of the year. go ahead, arnold. >> caller: yes, it's a book that i wrote. it is called -- it's called the fine 9/11 intervention. >> host: what is about? >> caller: its about divine intervention, it's about speed. it is a true story. it's going to be hard for some people to believe it is a true story. but it is. it all happened. they're actually is a god for anybody that house doubts about that and god has gotten involved in 9/11 and in the truth that lies behind 9/11. >> host: 2009 marked the end of sarah palin's governor should and the beginning of her career as an author with going broke. we covered a book of that a person cincinnati not that long ago. here is a look at some of what she had to say at the bookstore in cincinnati. [cheering]
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>> thank you so much for being here. we are going to have a blast. [cheering] >> i appreciate your boldness and courage. especially those of you carrying the book under your arm, you are going rogue with me. [cheering] really, it is good to be here on the book tour. and i appreciate those of you who want to read my words unfiltered. it's for me to call it like i see it and not worry about what anybody else is going to say that get out there and seek truth and i know that is how you guys are wired, too otherwise you probably wouldn't be here. thank you very much. we will get to work and sign these books 3i want to shake every one of your hands and thank you very much for being here. [cheering]
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>> host: sarah palin last month in cincinnati. her book "going rogue." book tv is underway this week and a three day christmas weekend, c-span2, and of course every weekend regular weekend 8 a.m. saturday until 8 a.m. monday morning. 40 hours of book tv program. we are asking on wall street journal your favorite nonfiction book 2009 and what you weigh in on that you get here is calling for connecticut. republican, what do you think did you like reading this year? >> caller: the search for life in the cosmos. >> host: the search for life in the cosmos. who wrote that? >> caller: i cannot offhand remember. >> host: tell a bit about the book. >> caller: the interesting thing is it really deals with how we might search for life anywhere in the cosmos and the thing that made the most interesting to me is that it finally made it appear to me how inconsequential we are in the time of the universe. who knows if 10,000 years from
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now we will even be here. it's just there's a whole different perspective like what's going on in congress and all these other kind of things. who knows what else exists in the cosmos that is different than we are. >> host: what made you pick up the book in the first place? >> caller: i've always been interested more or less i guess you would call it the universe or where it's going or is it the only universe and things like that. >> host: thanks for sharing your meeting with us this morning. best nonfiction books of the year. we are showing lists and the best out of "the new york times" and other places. the l.a. times riding in the commentary on the problem with the best of lists a critic explains the pitfalls of creating and reading the catalog she writes when i go into the year-end list making mode many aspects of reading that make it
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such a special and spiritual led venture the play of language, the splash of the facts, the path of beautifully controlled and steadily on folding narrative go right out the window. i turn into a shelf and want to make sure you know how smart i am based on the book sidekick and become a hedger, too and dewaal fuller. iger overly cautious and find myself a lot more worried about balancing diversity than about naming books that really moved me come instructed me, surprised become infuriated me. the views of credit shelia keller in the "los angeles times" yesterday. brooklyn, good morning on the independent line. what is your favorite this year? >> caller: first have to give an inch and a couple of books one being the ayatollah which is an insightful look into the iranian society forming politics and the second is the new founders by [inaudible]
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in which he profiles democratic activists or political activists from seven of the more repressive countries in the middle east. it shows the movement toward democracy and the best book of 2009 would have to be [inaudible] by gretchen peters which really shows the cultivation in afghanistan, pakistan's tribal regions and how the insurgency and distribution networks support the terrorist operations. >> host: we go next to hutcheson kansas and democratic callers got what are your favorite -- what is your favorite books or books? merry christmas. >> caller: i enjoyed the worst part times. i wish i remember the author name but i forgot. it's about the people that stayed during the great dust bowl and drought of the thirties
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and it was incredible about the banking institutions and how the government given policies came into play and made things better for a lot of people. i just found some of the personal stories of the people that survived that time was just amazing. >> host: and we did cover that book as well also covered the book on columbine. here is a look at that. >> ericsson journal is filled with hate, hate all the way through. i will start up one word but the opening line is i hate the effing world. he started out wanting to kill and ended up killing over the course of the year. but with dillon it is completely different. he spent two years doing his journal and the most common word in his is loved. it is completely unexpected.
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to me dylan was the revelation. he was a sensitive boy with a lot of anchor but his anger was mostly direct inward. he was angry at himself for being such a loser, such an outcast. he wasn't, it was untrue but that is how he saw it. >> host: atlanta here is an independent call. what was your favorite nonfiction book 2009? >> caller: good morning. merry christmas. >> host: same to you. >> caller: my favorite book is slavery by another name by douglas black men. i believe he covered this on c-span as well. the subtitle was real enslavement of black americans from the civil war to world war ii. and i learned a great deal from that book. >> host: tell us a piece you learned from it. what did you learn in particular? >> caller: i learned how the prisoners back in those times could be arrested simply for just walking down the street and not having a job and they were
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free inslee switch to coal mines, to work in coal mines and be treated so poorly. i am amazed african-americans survive in this country at all. also, bill, i went to book tv because i was introduced to ronald and i wanted to watch the interview and he died this year. do you have any information or can you show video highlights? >> host: i will ask our producers to get that information for you. thank you. there is a piece this morning actually it came in yesterday in the book section of usa today. the work will live forever looking at authors who passed away in the last year including dominick, frank mcwhorter, john mortimer and john updike. spending the next half-hour or until 10:00 eastern asking you what your favorite nonfiction
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book of 2009 was. bill, good morning. republican call import or range. what are you reading? >> caller: i'm reading the forgotten a book about the corrine and war. it's the first volume of several including stories in the veterans own words actual events that happened on the ground. >> host: who is the author of the forgotten? >> caller: the book is not about me or anything, but these stories of the korean war to get their, stories about the war. the subtitle was called the forgotten flag, the picture of the first raising of the american flag and the second subtitle is the forgotten war and then the forgotten victory. >> host: so is this -- is published this year, are you waiting to get it published? >> caller: its been out since june. i flew to karachi and gave the book to the president of corrine and picked up my brothers medals
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for being in the war. three brothers in the war. but the daytona beach journal called it switched the title me. they called it forgotten no more which means based on the buck the world will not be forgotten which is a tremendous lift to me when i came back from korea and sold them on the headline on the day that the war started over there 59 years later. it's gotten great reviews. >> host: thanks for calling. on the evens we are covering on the in depth programs we can talk about january and february, january 3rd next year from noon until 3:00 eastern three hours of michelle malkin and her latest is corruption. i will show this to feb in depth guest is paul johnson and his book on churchill, that will be sunday february 7th. illinois is next. this is carol on the democrats
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won three >> caller: my favorite book i know it cannot year or so ago but -- >> host: that's all right. >> caller: -- i couldn't afford a hardback, the hemingses at monticello by annette gordon-reed. excellent writer. >> host: she won the booker prize or the pulitzer -- >> caller: pulitzer and national book award. it is so well-written and documented and brings a whole new point of view to the complexity of race relations in our country, and i'm just devouring it. it is wonderful. >> host: thanks for the call. carless next up in dallas. what was your favorite nonfiction book of 2,009? >> caller: when of the callers mentioned 1i cannot agree more everyone needs to read, neil me, it takes a pillage. it's an inside account of wall
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street and what's going on. but what i really enjoy that he featured in april is called free carving flourished more come negative from the independent institute. >> host: what is it about? >> caller: it is objective, any book is objective. its evaluation of american presidents based on principles of peace, prosperity and liberty and it is just a different perspective on the president. we tend to drink our presidents the hobbyist who have been involved in the war were great conflict or typically have in post intervention as economic policies. this looks at all the presidents through the lens of peace prosperity and liberty altogether. it is a unique, john tyler is number one and willson at the tail end. >> host: viewers by the we will find that -- thanks for the
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tip, carl. we will find the programs, both of those authors have been on after words. if you go to the website,, you can find all of the previous after words programs. iowa, jeff on the republican line. what did you read in 2009 that you liked? >> caller: meltdown. there's a couple of books out there called meltdown but this one is by dr. thomas what's, jr. he said several best sellers. a senior fellow at the institute for those who don't know he followed the same line as dr. ron paul and these are the people who understood and new the mess we are in was coming before it actually hit. also he saw the great depression before it hit and dr. thomas lee is not a really good case, very well and the case how government
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created this mess including, and the federal reserve which allows all of this to occur. >> host: thanks for the input. princeton new jersey, richard on the democrats' line. you're favorite book to those in line, non-fiction. >> caller: thank you. thank you for c-span. richard dawkins, the greatest show on earth, the evidence for evolution. i'm just amazed people are calling and citing the bible as a nonfiction book. >> host: thanks for your call. he also wrote the god delusion. one of the book that we covered, the invention of error to the quote air early this year and that is stephen johnson's book. here's a look at his comments in the book reading. >> i stumbled across this story about joseph priestley and i had known a little bit about priestly like most people i think i had heard of him as the guy that discovered oxygen for
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the first time. and for those of you that no story and have had a chance to look at the book while that is his reputation is a little strange because he didn't actually do first and he kind of got it wrong in fundamental ways when he did do it but for some reason that is the line that has kind of stuck with him and that is the first sentence of his britannica entry and wikipedia is he's the guy the discovered oxygen. but i found this other interesting thing about him which i think he deserves a lot more credit for in part of this book as evangelizing this one discovery of his career which is he was the first person to realize that plans for creating oxygen. >> host: michigan we go and this is jesse on the independent lane three averitt nonfiction book of to the some nine. >> caller: good morning, mary christmas. my favorite book is called hot, flat and crowded by thomas friedman of the world is flat. it is a marvelous series about pretty much globalization and
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the sequel deals with green technology and how saves the planet's. it focuses on what the country's around the world are doing to promote green technology and corrine energy to help promote jobs and stop global warming and it focuses a lot of attention on what we should be giving a lot more of. >> host: i have a call mentioned earlier ron paul's book about the fed, the end of the fed. this is one by wall street journal columnist david in of the fed we trust, ben bernanke's war on the great panic. until 10:00 eastern we are talking about or favorite books of 2009, nonfiction. this is chris on the republican line. go ahead, chris. washington, d.c., hi. >> caller: i was calling about my favorite book, for in islam and native voice of islam in america by mr. ayn rand deily
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coo rahman. i read the book because it basically talked about the indigenous forces of islam america such as, you know, these icons we have like muhammad ali, corrine abdul jr dee dee two -- karim abdul-jabbar and how the immigrant influence has reshaped and redirected the influence of islam in america. and that the african-american muslims were basically put out of the global aspects of this law in the world and the areas in dealing with islam and global terrorism they were basically out of dee dee and he was saying that they comprised about half of the muslim population in america. but the scholarly objective voices of african americans are left out of the media and he was singing one in particular was sherman jackson which was an
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african-american scholar at the university of michigan and he was very objective and scholarly and distinct in his description of islam but he left out the dialogue on the global war of terror and things of that nature and voices basically left out and so it gives a different perspective in the american spirit. >> thanks for that tape and somewhat of a related note this is craig morton's in's new book stones in schools, the previous book was three cups of tea. he was a guest several years ago on q&a for the first book three cups of tea and most recently he was on i believe after words. stones into schools you will probably see that on the coming and you can certainly search his name on the website, here is bill falls in vermont and this is an prieta. what was your favorite book of the year?
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>> caller: my favorite i hope was published in 2009 was -- siskel if it's not, don't worry about it. just -- >> caller: i listened at the center of the world and it was written by i don't remember his first name but it is a book about the selling by the dutch on the islands of manhattan and of course celebrated this year his wife came to new york but it is absolutely fabulous book. at 1.1 of the people i mentioned was [inaudible] he was the lawyer of the last and it is still used by the international american what ever you call that, and he was at one time in conflict with the dutch
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government so they band him to a small island where the military of the world get together about 12 kilometers from my house and he continued to study. at one point, he also received big trunks of book from the libraries of the shore and probably by sailboat in those days. >> host: the libraries and holland? >> caller: yes. yes. and he would study. and when he was done with those books they would go back to the mainland accompanied by a girl whose name was elsie and one even in he was going back with no books to her. this is of course [inaudible] he escapes and the trunk of the
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island to the mainland. i don't know what happened after that. but in my home town is the cemetery that has a very old corner where the legend says she was buried. >> host: thanks for sharing that story in your book as well. this is a book that was on president obama's reading list this summer before he made his decision on the troop levels in iraq. it was famously passed around the white house before reading among his top aides, lessons in disaster george bundy and the past war of the vietnam by gordon gould steam. here is columbus ohio. from is on the independent line. ron, what was your favorite book of the year? >> caller: hello, my favorite book was a book that i heard about on book tv 15 miles from
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tomorrows william hensley who is an eskimo and it is an insider's view of alaska, and it's a great book. he talks about growing up in alaska and then being sent to kentucky for high school. >> host: what does that title mean? is it the date line or something? 50 miles from tomorrow you said. calvo that's right. he grew up 50 miles from the date line that separates alaska and russia and i would invite any readers of sarah palin's going rogue to look into this book, 50 miles from tomorrow, by william hensley. >> host: thank you, ron. to those in line marked 20 the anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. here is a book by romesh ratnesar and it's called quote code hair down this wall is the president and speech that ended
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the cold war." little rock, good morning, on the republican line what was your favorite book of the year? >> caller: it wasn't written this year, it was reissued in paperback. cresco that's okay. we will take that. we will bend the rules a little bit. that's fine. >> caller: it is the professor and madman. a tale of murder and say and that he and making of the oxford english dictionary. by simon winchester and it was a wonderful book that i think the thing i got from it mostly with the tremendous amount of work, tremendous amount of work and time and people that put together all those words and they have to keep doing it all the time. >> host: we did cover that. thank you. we did cover that on booktv. you can go to the website and take a search for that. tulsa, good morning to tulsa and oklahoma. you're favorite book of the year. >> caller: [inaudible]
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by neil sheehan. >> host: what did you like about it? >> caller: i founded enlightening to read it brought forth many new things about the cold war that i was not aware of, and i think it kind of updated the cold war and i just learned a great deal from the book. >> host: while -- >> caller: we'll see him brought booknotes and i think that program affected greatly in terms of my reading. and so anything that he puts out i'm going to read. >> host: los angeles next up, tim, you're favorite book of 2009? >> caller: hello, yes it is a black physician struggle for civil rights about dr. edward maziku written by florence redmon. the doctor was a prominent physician of washington, d.c. but this book tells us the story of how he went from poverty and
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discrimination out of mississippi to establish other physicians in washington who had counseled with presidents like john f. kennedy and lyndon johnson and just a struggle of getting to that point how his family had -- they were a family of slaves in mississippi and became one of the largest land owners in adams county mississippi. it was quite a moving story. >> host: thanks, kim. on a related note, a bookie may be interested in that line and a mighty long way my journey to justice at little rock central high school. a page year by bill clinton. out too long springs florida, joseph your favorite book. >> caller: its not a current one but it's one that i saw on
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c-span on the q&a not too long ago, and it was operation so low -- solo and it is about a jewish immigrant who became a spy and the kremlin's i think for 27, 28 years. >> host: really? >> caller: yes. it's a fact. the author was the number two man i think that the "reader's digest" morris, a small in stature jewish man who came to america in the early 1900's and there was a second one that has not been critiqued yet but i saw on another show called witness to nor numbered. again other small stature jewish man who came to america and served us very well. he became our number one
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interpreter for the nor numbered trials and he was in the army. >> host: and i believe the viewers can find that online at as well. >> caller: and also operation solo treated a are wonderful factual books. >> host: thanks for sharing that. ten more minutes or so on your thoughts on the best nonfiction book of 2009. here is your delaware, and gary on the democratic slate. go ahead. >> caller: yeah, thanks for correcting that newark. we don't get that very often. >> host: that's all right. >> caller: my favorite book of this year happened to come out this year to be it's called long, obstinate and bloody and it is the battle of the guilford courthouse written by laurence babich and joshua how word and i'd love to see them on book tv. i haven't. if they've been on i haven't watched them. this book is about one of the critical battles of the american revolution and it is a wonderful read in narrative history.
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>> host: why was a critical battle? >> caller: while, the war for independence had reached the point where the americans were pretty much down to their last draw and a wonderful general by the name of nathaniel greene went south and developed a strategy that lord the british away from charleston and other supplies and when he finally had brought them far enough away he turned and delivered to a series of blows by which the guilford courthouse was one and the end result was that the british roundabout yorktown and the americans were freed. >> host: thanks for the call. lynchburg, this is james on the independent line. >> caller: good morning. >> host: good morning. >> caller: and reading the book right now, the invention of the jewish people, and the book kind of goes out to the myth of
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a monolithic group of people who were moved from their homeland and are just now returning. he points out that most jews are actually converted to judaism and it was on the best-seller list and israel -- >> host: we're in israel, with a best seller list was this on? >> caller: it was all i think [inaudible] or the jerusalem post but i found out about it a year and a half ago and it didn't come out in print in the united states until october this year so i am still reading it and i think it has strong implications on how we allow one group of non-christians to crete to the country to another group based on some type of mythologies. >> host: another view on israel. it is on the economy of bayh paul sing your startup nation of the story of israel's economic miracle can of this year. arizona curious tourists on the republican line. you're favorite book of 2009. >> caller: hello. i want to talk about i think the most informative book i have
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read and that is the corruption of the law muslim mind. i can't tell you who actually wrote this because i can't pronounce his name but he's a very devout muslim man that explains the kuran he interprets it and i think we all need to read that to understand how they came to the mindset they have now that they have to kill, the muslims have to control the world. but all i want to explain -- i want to apologize, may i? >> host: sure. >> caller: -- it was peter i think was the host and mike holden and first of all i want to tell you i am 80-years-old and for the last year i've developed a problem. i'm going blind. and i have read, started reading to the ka reading when the iraq
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war mack broke out everything i could about the arabs, every book i could get about the middle east, and since i retired i could read all day, but now in the last year i haven't been able to read. my memory is going bad. >> host: can you do books on tape or podcast and things like that? >> caller: they don't come out on tape for almost after a year. >> host: some are actually coming out sooner particular podcast versions so you might look into that >> caller: which ones? >> host: podcast online degette >> caller: okay. anyhow, i made a terrible mistake when i called in. i turned on the tv, and the iraq secretary of defense was on and they were talking about his book, the corruption of iraq,
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the occupation of iraq and i confused it with one of the other books i had read. i haven't gone over my notes in a long time. i remember the book now, it was absolutely spellbinding. you couldn't put it down. it was a thick book. we appreciate you calling in and along those lines if you want more background on the u.s. involvement in the war on terrorism cash this one is called a growing up bin laden, his wife and son take us inside the secret world. another 20 online publication. curious illinois. this is is it john? go ahead, john. >> caller: mary christmas to you. >> host: thank you. >> caller: i would like to point out the book review, after lysol lessons in disaster on your program, i went to chicago public library to order it for myself and there were 12 people waiting to read that book and to
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groups of books i would suggest people read is any book by a medal of honor recipient and any book by p.o.w.. 37 books have been written by the amount veterans, the imam p.o.w. and i think i've read them all. i've been out of work since december and those two groups of books -- in particular one by bill jacobs. it's not now, when is the name of the book. >> host: let me keep you on the line three i've got one in front of me. let's see if you for this one, max clevelan part of the patriot why found the courage to survive the imam walter reed and karl rove >> caller: i've read 60 books about begin on veterans' this year, bill. that period in history is an incredible time. one incredible fact i found about lessons in history is such a few people made the decision fo


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