In The Malice of Fortune, two of the biggest names of the Renaissance team up to track a killer. Michael Ennis pairs the ruthless political philosopher and the genius artist in a pulse-quickening, historical whodunit.
Jeffrey Toobin's new book,The Oath, explores how President Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts are at odds over constitutional law. Toobin tells Fresh Air that while Obama likes precedent when it comes to the Supreme Court, Roberts "wants to move the court in a dramatically new direction."
Following last week's deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya over an anti-Islam movie, parallels have been drawn to a novel published in 1988. Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses angered Muslims around the world, and prompted Iran's leader to call for the author's death. Rushdie talks to Steve Inskeep about some of the reasons behind the recent violence.
Author Maggie Stiefvater's latest young-adult series kicks off with the tale of a young girl from a poor but psychic family, and her star-crossed romance with a rich private-school boy. Stiefvater based the tale on magic and Welsh mythology, but set it in small-town Virginia.
Political campaigning is increasingly driven by data. Journalist Sasha Issenberg says voter outreach has shifted from a precinct-centered game to one focused on individuals' behavior. In his new book, The Victory Lab, he says the smallest changes in tactic have had the biggest impact on politics.
In Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?, Pastor Brian McLaren explores the tension between religions and attempts to imagine a conversation between the most important figures in Western theology.
Did you know the Count of Monte Cristo was based on a real man? General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was a hero of the French Revolution. But he's now forgotten by almost everyone except the son who shared his name and used his father's life as inspiration for some of the greatest novels of all time.
It's been almost 20 years since Irvine Welsh first introduced Rent, Spud and Sick Boy — a group of gritty characters struggling to survive a grim, heroin-fueled existence in late 1980s Edinburgh. Walsh brings the boys back in his new prequel, Skagboys.
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