List of Booknotes interviews first aired in 2002

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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 6, 2002 Bill Press Spin This! All The Ways We Don’t Tell the Truth Spin (public relations)
January 13, 2002 Jeffrey Hart Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education Western canon; Higher education in the United States
January 20, 2002 John Laurence The Cat From Hue: A Vietnam War Story The Vietnam War
January 27, 2002 Sandra Day O’Connor Lazy B: Growing Up On a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest Memoir/Autobiography; Duncan, Arizona; Ranching
February 3, 2002 Ralph Nader Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President Memoir/Autobiography; United States presidential election, 2000; Ralph Nader presidential campaign, 2000
February 10, 2002 Steve Neal Harry & Ike: The Partnership That Remade the Postwar World Harry Truman; Dwight Eisenhower
February 17, 2002 Edward Steers Jr. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
February 24, 2002 R. Kent Newmyer John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court John Marshall
March 3, 2002 Randall Kennedy Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word Use of the word "Nigger"
March 10, 2002 Richard Lingeman Sinclair Lewis: Rebel From Mainstreet Sinclair Lewis
March 17, 2002 Michael Novak On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding History of religion in the United States; Founding Fathers of the United States
March 24, 2002 Jon Ronson Them: Adventures with Extremists Conspiracy Theories; Extremism
March 31, 2002 Frank Wu Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White Asian Americans
April 7, 2002 Leonard Downie Jr., Co-Author The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril Journalism
April 14, 2002 Ellen Joan Pollock The Pretender: How Martin Frankel Fooled the Financial World and Led the Feds on One of the Most Publicized Manhunts in History Martin Frankel
April 21, 2002 Gordon Wood The American Revolution: A History The American Revolution
April 28, 2002 Robert Skidelsky John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Freedom, 1937-1946 John Maynard Keynes
May 5, 2002 Sarah Brady A Good Fight James Brady; Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act; Gun politics in the United States
May 12, 2002 Jennifer Toth What Happened to Johnnie Jordan? The Story of A Child Turning Violent Causes and correlates of crime; Foster care
May 19, 2002 James Srodes Franklin: The Essential Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
May 26, 2002 Richard John Neuhaus As I Lay Dying: Meditations Upon Returning Death
June 2, 2002 Richard Posner Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline Public intellectuals
June 9, 2002 Jennet Conant Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science that Changed the Course of World War II Alfred Lee Loomis
June 16, 2002 Samantha Power A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide Genocide; United States non-interventionism
June 23, 2002 Diana Preston Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy The RMS Lusitania
June 30, 2002 John Leonard Lonesome Rangers: Homeless Minds, Promised Lands, Fugitive Cultures Essays; Intellectuals; Exile; Expatriates
July 7, 2002 Sandra Mackey The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein Iraq; Saddam Hussein
July 14, 2002 Nguyen Cao Ky Buddha’s Child: My Fight to Save Vietnam Vietnam
July 21, 2002 Daniel Stashower The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television Philo T. Farnsworth; David Sarnoff; History of Television
July 28, 2002 Beppe Severgnini Ciao America! An Italian Discovers the U.S. Culture of the United States
August 4, 2002 Glenn Loury The Anatomy of Racial Inequality Race in the United States
August 11, 2002 Ann Coulter Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right Media bias in the United States; American Left; Conservatism in the United States
August 18, 2002 Simon Worrall The Poet and the Murderer Mark Hofmann
August 25, 2002 Michael Oren Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East The Six-Day War
September 1, 2002 Winston Groom A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918—Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front Ypres Salient; First Battle of Ypres; Second Battle of Ypres; Battle of Passchendaele; Battle of the Lys (1918); Fifth Battle of Ypres
September 8, 2002 Dennis Hutchinson The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washington John Frush Knox
September 15, 2002 Arnold Ludwig King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership Leadership; Politics; Heads of state; Heads of government
September 22, 2002 Eliot Cohen Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime Civilian control of the military; Abraham Lincoln; Georges Clemenceau; Winston Churchill; David Ben-Gurion
September 29, 2002 Pete Davies American Road: The Story of An Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age Transcontinental Motor Convoy
October 6, 2002 Zig Ziglar Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar Memoir/Autobiography; Sales; Motivational speaking
October 13, 2002 Linda Greenlaw The Lobster Chronicles: Life On a Very Small Island Lobstering; Maine
October 20, 2002 Michael Mandelbaum The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century Globalization; Peace; Democracy; Free market economics
October 27, 2002 Charles Slack Noble Obsession: Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock, and the Race to Unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the Nineteenth Century Charles Goodyear; Thomas Hancock; Vulcanization
November 3, 2002 Caryle Murphy Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East—The Egyptian Experience Islam in Egypt
November 10, 2002 Frank Williams Judging Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
November 17, 2002 Rick Atkinson An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 North African Campaign; Operation Torch
November 24, 2002 Peter Krass Carnegie Andrew Carnegie
December 1, 2002 Bruce Feiler Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths Abraham; Abrahamic religions
December 8, 2002 Michelle Malkin Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores Immigration to the United States; Illegal immigration to the United States
December 15, 2002 John Taliaferro Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mt. Rushmore Gutzon Borglum; Mount Rushmore; Construction of Mount Rushmore
December 22, 2002 Diana Walker Public & Private: Twenty Years of Photographing the Presidency Photojournalism
December 29, 2002 Margaret MacMillan Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World Paris Peace Conference, 1919


  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.