List of Booknotes interviews first aired in 1997

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Booknotes is an American television series on the C-SPAN network hosted by Brian Lamb, which originally aired from 1989 to 2004.[1] The format of the show is a one-hour, one-on-one interview with a non-fiction author.[2] The series was broadcast at 8 p.m. Eastern Time each Sunday night,[3] and was the longest-running author interview program in U.S. broadcast history.

First broadcast
(with link to
transcript / video)
Author Book Subject matter
January 5, 1997 Edward Jay Epstein Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer Armand Hammer
January 12, 1997 Robert Ferrell The Strange Deaths of President Harding Warren G. Harding
January 19, 1997 Alfred Zacher Trial and Triumph: Presidential Power in the Second Term President of the United States
January 23, 1997 Anita Hill Speaking Truth to Power Memoir/Autobiography; Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination
January 26, 1997 David Boaz Libertarianism: A Primer Libertarianism
February 2, 1997 Henry Grunwald One Man's America: A Journalist's Search for the Heart of His Country Memoir/Autobiography; Journalism; Time Magazine
February 9, 1997 John Brady Bad Boy: The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater Lee Atwater
February 16, 1997 Katharine Graham Personal History Memoir/Autobiography; The Washington Post; The Washington Post Company
February 23, 1997 and March 2, 1997 Sam Tanenhaus Whittaker Chambers: A Biography Whittaker Chambers
March 9, 1997 Sarah Gordon Passage to Union: How the Railroads Transformed American Life, 1829-1929 History of rail transport in North America
March 19, 1997 John Fialka War By Other Means: Economic Espionage in America Industrial espionage
March 23, 1997 Jon Katz Virtuous Reality: How America Surrendered Discussion of Moral Values to Opportunists, Nitwits & Blockheads Like William Bennett William Bennett
March 30, 1997 Claude Andrew Clegg III An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad Elijah Muhammad
April 6, 1997 Keith Richburg Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa Africa
April 13, 1997 David Horowitz Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey Memoir/Autobiography; American Left
April 20, 1997 Leonard Garment Crazy Rhythm: My Journey From Brooklyn, Jazz, and Wall Street, to Nixon's White House, Watergate and Beyond Memoir/Autobiography; Billie Holiday Category:Presidency of Richard Nixon
April 27, 1997 Stephen Oates The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861 Origins of the American Civil War
May 4, 1997 Christopher Buckley Wry Martinis Essays
May 11, 1997 Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Munro The Coming Conflict with China Sino-American relations
May 18, 1997 Anne Matthews Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today Higher education in the United States
May 25, 1997 Jane Holtz Kay Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back Automotive industry in the United States
June 1, 1997 Jill Krementz The Writer's Desk Creative writing; Kurt Vonnegut
June 8, 1997 Pavel Palazchenko My Years With Gorbachev and Shevardnadze: The Memoir of a Soviet Interpreter Memoir/Autobiography; Mikhail Gorbachev; Eduard Shevardnadze
June 15, 1997 Walter A. McDougall Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776 Foreign policy of the United States
June 22, 1997 James Humes Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter: Five Presidents and other Political Adventures Memoir/Autobiography; Speechwriting
June 29, 1997 Walter Cronkite A Reporter's Life Memoir/Autobiography; Journalism; CBS News
July 6, 1997 Jack Rakove Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution The U.S. Constitution
July 13, 1997 Tom Clancy and Gen. Fred Franks Into the Storm: A Study in Command General officers in the United States; General (United States)
July 20, 1997 Robert Hughes American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America Visual art of the United States
July 27, 1997 Sylvia Jukes Morris Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce Clare Boothe Luce
August 3, 1997 LeAlan Jones Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago Ghetto Life 101; Ida B. Wells Homes
August 10, 1997 James Tobin Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II Ernie Pyle
August 17, 1997 Pauline Maier American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence
August 24, 1997 Peter Maas Underboss: Sammy The Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia Sammy "The Bull" Gravano
August 28, 1997 John Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Savannah, Georgia; Jim Williams
August 31, 1997 Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes Memoir/Autobiography; Limerick, Ireland; Brooklyn, New York; Irish Americans; Malachy McCourt; Alphie McCourt
September 7, 1997 Brian Burrell The Words We Live By: The Creeds, Mottoes, and Pledges That Have Shaped America Creeds; Mottoes; Oaths; The Pledge of Allegiance; "In God We Trust"
September 14, 1997 John Toland Captured By History: One Man's Vision of Our Tumultuous Century 20th century
September 21, 1997 Peter Gomes The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart The Bible
October 5, 1997 Howard Gardner Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of Four Exceptional Individuals and an Examination of Our Own Extraordinariness Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sigmund Freud; Virginia Woolf; Mahatma Gandhi
October 12, 1997 Geoffrey Perret Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier & President Ulysses S. Grant
October 19, 1997 Nat Hentoff Speaking Freely: A Memoir Memoir/Autobiography; First Amendment; Jazz
October 26, 1997 Alan Schom Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte
November 2, 1997 Thomas West Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class and Justice in the Origins of America Founding Fathers of the United States
November 16, 1997 David Gelernter Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber The Unabomber
November 30, 1997 Jeff Shesol Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade Lyndon Johnson; Robert Kennedy
December 7, 1997 Tim Russert Meet the Press: 50 Years of History in the Making Meet the Press
December 14, 1997 Susan Butler East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart
December 21, 1997 Jim Hightower There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos Progressivism in the United States
December 28, 1997 Sally Quinn The Party: A Guide to Adventurous Entertaining Dinner parties


  1. ^ "'Booknotes' Afterword". The Boston Globe. 19 August 2004. 
  2. ^ Ellen Emry Heltzel (17 August 1997). "Books On TV, and a Host Who Listens". The Sunday Oregonian. 
  3. ^ Frank J. Prial (4 December 2004). "After Many Million Pages, 'Booknotes' Ends Its Run". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2010.