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God, Grits And American Dreams: It's Presidential Candidate Book Season

NPR | Feb. 13, 2015 9:12 a.m.

The Iowa caucuses are a year away, which means it's time for presidential campaign books. Marco Rubio will be in Iowa Friday to hawk his new work.

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David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

NPR | Feb. 10, 2015 11:23 a.m.

In his new book, the veteran political consultant tells stories about his years at Obama's side. After one debate, Axelrod says Obama "made clear how he felt about me at that moment, and he bolted."

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Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

NPR | Feb. 8, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Reggie Love went from playing sports at Duke to working as Barack Obama's personal assistant. His new memoir, Power Forward, describes what he learned on the campaign trail and in the White House.

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In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

NPR | Feb. 5, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Robert Siegal talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia, and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.

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Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy

NPR | Jan. 24, 2015 2:53 p.m.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

NPR | Dec. 19, 2014 5:15 p.m.

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

NPR | Dec. 8, 2014 2:09 p.m.

The new book The Professor and the President looks back at how Daniel Patrick Moynihan pushed the Nixon White House to embrace a relatively liberal welfare plan.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

NPR | Dec. 7, 2014 9:34 a.m.

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

NPR | Nov. 21, 2014 3:36 p.m.

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

NPR | Nov. 21, 2014 6:21 a.m.

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.