NPR is looking at the American dream, and during an election year, politicians often talk about what they think that dream means. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio from Florida is one of the political world's brightest new stars. He offers his version of the dream in his new memoir, An American Son. He speaks with host Michel Martin.
Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran believes the U.S. has made multiple miscalculations in waging war in Afghanistan. In his new book, Little America, he says the U.S. should have learned from a largely forgotten U.S. adventure undertaken there a half-century earlier.
Author Solomon Jones says death can seem angelic at first — especially to the lost, addicted kids in his book The Last Confession. He says many of his stories come from his own experiences as a homeless drug addict on the streets of Philadelphia.
Most people have never heard of Watershed, but the Columbus, Ohio, rock band has been doggedly touring and recording for a quarter-century. A new memoir by founding member Joe Oestreich profiles a life on the road, powered more by passion than optimism.
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