Book TV This Weekend

July 24, 2009

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on non-fiction books. Highlights from this weekend’s schedule include:

Saturday, July 25

1:30 p.m.  1959: The Year Everything Changed
Fred Kaplan, columnist for Slate, argues that America’s modern era began in 1959 and reports on the significance of that year.
“Fred Kaplan is the author of “Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power.” Mr. Kaplan writes the “War Stories” column for Slate. He was formerly a reporter for the Boston Globe and has written for the Washington Post, New Yorker, and the Atlantic.

5 p.m.  Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath by Elizabeth Norman; Michael Norman
“Michael Norman is the author of These Good Men: Friendships Forged from War. He is a former reporter for the New York Times and is currerntly a journalism professor at New York University.
Elizabeth Norman is the author of Women at War and We Band of Angels. She is a professor of humanities at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

6 p.m.  Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
An encore presentation of an episode that originally aired in 1997 with Frank McCourt discussing his impoverished childhood in Limerick, Ireland and New York City.
“Frank McCourt taught writing at Stuyvesant High School in New York City before writing “Angela’s Ashes” and “‘Tis.”
Frank McCourt passed away on July 19, 2009.

8 p.m. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin
Grandin, a history professor at New York University, recounts Henry Ford’s creation of a factory town in the Amazon in 1927 which was rejected by the indigenous population and abandoned by Ford in 1945.
“Greg Grandin is the author of several books, including The Last Colonial Massacre. Mr. Grandin is a history professor at New York University and a Guggenheim fellow.  He has served on the United Nations Truth Commission that investigated the Guatemalan Civil War.”

Sunday, July 26

8 p.m.  Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
Anderson discusses his theory that businesses will make more money by initially providing goods for free.
“Chris Anderson is the editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine. He is the author of “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More.””