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'Richard Burton Diaries' Unveil A Theatrical Life

Actor Richard Burton was one of the most acclaimed actors of his time, but his tumultuous relationship with Elizabeth Taylor captured the public's curiosity. A new book of his diaries reveals his dramatic personal life. Host Rachel Martin talks to Burton's daughter, Kate, and Chris Williams, who edited the diaries.
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Nick, Nora (And Asta) Return In 'Thin Man' Novellas

Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man invented a new kind of crime fiction. It was hard-boiled, but also light-hearted; funny, with a hint of homicide. Now, for the first time, the stories of After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man have been published as novellas.
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How 'Black Beauty' Changed The Way We See Horses

In 1877, Anna Sewell wrote a novel about human kindness and cruelty — all from the point of view of a horse. In the decades since, Black Beauty has been embraced by generations of children, and has helped change the way we treat and think about horses.
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Lakota Spiritual Guidance From The Bow And Arrow

Most Americans think of the bow and arrow as a tool for hunting or sports. But writer and craftsman Joseph Marshall III has always seen the bow and arrow as a source of spiritual guidance. For Native American Heritage Month, host Michel Martin speaks with Marshall about his book The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage.
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Ricks: Firing 'The Generals' To Fight Better Wars?

Thomas Ricks' new book, The Generals, is about what he sees as a decline of American military leadership and accountability. He says that in World War II, generals were held accountable for their lack of success — but that started to change with the Korean War.
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David Von Drehle: "Rise to Greatness" (Rebroadcast)

The story of Abraham Lincoln's rise to greatness in 1862, America's most perilous year.

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Book Review: 'Jagannath'

For some Halloween fun, critic Alan Cheuse recommends Jagannath, Swedish writer Karin Tidbeck's debut collection of stories.
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Domingo Martinez: "The Boy Kings Of Texas: A Memoir"

Domingo Martinez is the only author without a Pulitzer Prize to be nominated for this year's National Book Award. He joins Diane to discuss his memoir about growing up between two cultures on the border of Texas and Mexico.

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