List of Booknotes interviews first aired in 2001

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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 7, 2001 Martin Goldsmith The Inextinguishable Symphony Jüdischer Kulturbund; Category:Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany
January 14, 2001 Dinesh D'Souza The Virtue of Prosperity Prosperity
January 21, 2001 Robert Scigliano The Federalist Papers The Federalist Papers
January 28, 2001 Arlen Specter Passion for Truth Memoir/Autobiography; Single bullet theory; United States Senate
February 4, 2001 and February 11, 2001 Kurt Eichenwald The Informant: A True Story Lysine price-fixing conspiracy; Archer Daniels Midland; Mark Whitacre
February 18, 2001 Maurizio Viroli Niccolo's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli Niccolò Machiavelli
February 25, 2001 Bernard Weisberger America Afire United States presidential election, 1800
March 4, 2001 Dick Gregory Callus on My Soul: A Memoir Memoir/Autobiography; Civil Rights Movement
March 11, 2001 Jeffrey Meyers Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation George Orwell
March 18, 2001 Jason Epstein Book Business: Publishing—Past, Present, and Future Publishing
March 25, 2001 Reese Schonfeld Me and Ted Against the World History of CNN (1980–2003); Ted Turner
April 1, 2001 Don Hewitt Tell Me a Story: 50 Years and 60 Minutes in Television Memoir/Autobiography; CBS News; 60 Minutes
April 8, 2001 William Cooper Jefferson Davis, American Jefferson Davis
April 15, 2001 Andrew Burstein America's Jubilee 1826 in the United States
April 22, 2001 Emily Bernard Remember Me to Harlem Harlem Renaissance; Carl Van Vechten; Langston Hughes
April 29, 2001 Kiron Skinner Reagan In His Own Hand Ronald Reagan
May 6, 2001 Susan Dunn and James MacGregor Burns The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America Theodore Roosevelt; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Eleanor Roosevelt
May 13, 2001 Robert Slayton Empire Statesman: The Rise & Redemption of Al Smith Al Smith
May 20, 2001 John Farrell Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century Tip O'Neill
May 27, 2001 Diane McWhorter Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama - The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution Birmingham campaign; 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
June 3, 2001 Rick Perlstein Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus Barry Goldwater
June 10, 2001 Morton Kondracke Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson's Disease Parkinson's Disease
June 17, 2001 Edward Said Reflections on Exile and Other Essays Essays; Literary criticism; Palestine
June 24, 2001 Alma Guillermoprieto Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America Latin America
July 1, 2001 Daniel Schorr Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism Memoir/Autobiography; Journalism
July 8, 2001 Alan Ebenstein Friedrich Hayek: A Biography Friedrich Hayek
July 15, 2001 Sally Satel PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine Political correctness; Medicine
July 22, 2001 Jeff Greenfield Oh, Waiter! One Order of Crow: Inside the Strangest Presidential Election Finish in American History United States presidential election, 2000
July 29, 2001 Jay Winik April 1865: The Month That Saved America Conclusion of the American Civil War
August 5, 2001 Tom Philpott Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War Floyd James Thompson
August 12, 2001 Roger Wilkins Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; James Madison; George Mason
August 19, 2001 Walter Berns Making Patriots American nationalism; Patriotism
August 26, 2001 Thomas Fleming The New Dealers' War Franklin Roosevelt; Military history of the United States during World War II
September 2, 2001 Herbert Bix Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan Hirohito; Showa period
September 9, 2001 Irvin Molotsky The Flag, The Poet and The Song Flag of the United States; The Star-Spangled Banner; Francis Scott Key
September 16, 2001
(Open phones)
James Bamford and Jeffrey Richelson Body of Secrets; The Wizards of Langley The Central Intelligence Agency; The National Security Agency; United States Intelligence Community. (Note: This interview, the first one after the September 11 attacks, was aired live and featured viewer calls. It is also the only Booknotes to feature two different authors discussing their own separate books.)
September 23, 2001
(Open phones)
John Steele Gordon The Business of America Economy of the United States; Economic history of the United States; Business. (Note: This interview, the second one after the September 11 attacks, was aired live and featured viewer calls.)
September 30, 2001 Hampton Sides Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission Battle of Bataan; Raid at Cabanatuan
October 7, 2001 Midge Decter An Old Wife’s Tale: My Seven Decades in Love and War Memoir/Autobiography; History of women in the United States
October 14, 2001 Fran Grace Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life Carry Nation
October 21, 2001 Stephen Kinzer Crescent & Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds Turkey
October 28, 2001 Ted Yeatman Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend Frank James; Jesse James; James-Younger Gang
November 4, 2001 Michael Eric Dyson Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur
November 11, 2001 Joseph Persico Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage Franklin D. Roosevelt; Office of Strategic Services; Category:World War II espionage
November 18, 2001 Daniel Pink Free Agent Nation: How America’s New Independent Workers are Transforming the Way We Live Employment; Multiple careers
November 25, 2001 Kirkpatrick Sale The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream Robert Fulton
December 2, 2001 Laura Claridge Norman Rockwell: A Life Norman Rockwell
December 9, 2001 Phyllis Lee Levin Edith and Woodrow: The Wilson White House Woodrow Wilson; Edith Wilson
December 16, 2001 Peter Bergen Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden Osama Bin Laden
December 23, 2001 Vernon Jordan Vernon Can Read! A Memoir Memoir/Autobiography; Civil Rights Movement
December 30, 2001 Bernard Lewis What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response Muslim world


  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.