List of Booknotes interviews first aired in 1991

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Booknotes is an American television series on the C-SPAN network hosted by Brian Lamb, which originally aired from 1989 to 2004.[1] The format of the show is a one-hour, one-on-one interview with a non-fiction author.[2] The series was broadcast at 8 p.m. Eastern Time each Sunday night,[3] and was the longest-running author interview program in U.S. broadcast history.

First broadcast
(with link to
transcript / video)
Author Book Subject matter
January 6, 1991 Ben Wattenberg The First Universal Nation Memoir/Autobiography; The United States of America
January 13, 1991 Daniel Roos The Machine That Changed the World The Automobile; Alfred P. Sloan; General Motors; The Ford Motor Company; Toyota
January 27, 1991 Daniel Yergin The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power The Petroleum industry
February 3, 1991 Carl Rowan Breaking Barriers Memoir/Autobiography; Race in the United States
February 10, 1991 Father Theodore Hesburgh God, Country, Notre Dame Memoir/Autobiography; The University of Notre Dame
February 17, 1991 Ronald Brownstein The Power and the Glitter: The Hollywood–Washington Connection Cinema of the United States; Motion Picture Association of America; Lobbying in the United States
February 24, 1991 Robert Kuttner The End of Laissez-Faire Ronald Reagan; History of the United States (1980–1991)
March 3, 1991 Haynes Johnson Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years Ronald Reagan; History of the United States (1980–1991)
March 10, 1991 Georgie Anne Geyer Guerrilla Prince Fidel Castro
March 17, 1991 Leonard Goldenson Beating the Odds American Broadcasting Company
March 24, 1991 Richard Brookhiser The Way of the WASP: How It Made America and How It Can Save It... So to Speak White Anglo-Saxon Protestants
March 31, 1991 Dayton Duncan Grass Roots: One Year in the Life of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary New Hampshire primary; Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 1988; Republican Party (United States) presidential primaries, 1988
April 7, 1991 Tom Wicker One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream Richard Nixon
April 14, 1991 William Strauss and Neil Howe Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584–2069 Strauss–Howe generational theory
April 21, 1991 Robert Shogan The Riddle of Power Leadership; Powers of the President of the United States; Harry Truman; Dwight Eisenhower; John F. Kennedy Lyndon Johnson; Richard Nixon; Gerald Ford; Jimmy Carter; Ronald Reagan; George H.W. Bush
April 28, 1991 Caroline Kennedy and Ellen Alderman In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action United States Bill of Rights
May 5, 1991 Nick Lemann The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America Second Great Migration (African American)
May 12 and May 19, 1991 Lou Cannon President Reagan: A Role of a Lifetime Ronald Reagan
May 24, 1991 Lewis Puller, Jr. Fortunate Son: The Autobiography of Lewis Puller, Jr. Memoir/Autobiography; Chesty Puller; United States Marine Corps; The Vietnam War
May 26, 1991 Robert Reich The Work of Nations Globalization; Capitalism
June 2, 1991 Robert Kaiser Why Gorbachev Happened: His Triumphs and His Failure Mikhail Gorbachev
June 9, 1991 George Friedman and Merideth LeBard The Coming War with Japan Japan – United States relations
June 16, 1991 Dixy Lee Ray Trashing the Planet: How Science Can Help with Problems Like Acid Rain and Nuclear Waste and Depletion of the Ozone Environmental skepticism
June 23, 1991 Bob Woodward The Commanders The Joint Chiefs of Staff; The Pentagon; United States invasion of Panama; The Gulf War
June 30, 1991 Roger Gittines Consequences: John G. Tower, A Personal and Political Memoir John Tower
July 7, 1991 Donald Ritchie Press Gallery History of American newspapers
July 14, 1991 Michael Beschloss The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960–1963 John F. Kennedy; Nikita Khrushchev; The Cold War
July 21, 1991 Alan Ehrenhalt The United States of Ambition: Politicians, Power and the Pursuit of Office Politics of the United States
July 28, 1991 Clark Clifford Counsel to the President: A Memoir Memoir/Autobiography
August 4, 1991 Elaine Sciolino The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis Saddam Hussein; Iraq
August 11, 1991 Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin Silent Coup: The Removal of a President Resignation of Richard Nixon; John Dean; Alexander Haig
August 18, 1991 Liz Trotta Fighting for Air: In the Trenches with Television News United States television news
August 25, 1991 E.J. Dionne, Jr Why Americans Hate Politics Politics of the United States
September 1, 1991 Andrew Cockburn and Leslie Cockburn Dangerous Liaisons Israeli Intelligence Community
September 8, 1991 Liva Baker The Justice from Beacon Hill Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
September 15, 1991 Reuven Frank Out of Thin Air: The Brief Wonderful Life of Network News United States television news; NBC News
September 22, 1991 Robert Dallek Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times 1908–1960 Lyndon Johnson
September 29, 1991 Stephen Carter Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby Affirmative Action
October 6, 1991 Ken Auletta Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way United States television news
October 20, 1991 Anthony Lewis Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment New York Times Co. v. Sullivan; First Amendment to the United States Constitution
October 27, 1991 Don Oberdorfer The Turn: From the Cold War to a New Era, The United States and the Soviet Union 1983–1990 Soviet Union – United States relations
November 3, 1991 Larry Sabato Feeding Frenzy: How Attack Journalism has Transformed American Politics Politics of the United States
November 10, 1991 Tina Rosenberg Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America Latin America
November 17, 1991 Suzanne Garment Scandal: The Culture of Mistrust in American Politics Politics of the United States
November 24, 1991 James Stewart Den of Thieves Insider trading
December 1, 1991 Gary Sick October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan October surprise conspiracy theory
December 8, 1991 James Reston Deadline: A Memoir Memoir/Autobiography; The New York Times
December 15, 1991 Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary Edsall Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics Politics of the United States
December 22, 1991 Martin Gilbert Churchill: A Life Winston Churchill
December 29, 1991 Jimmy Breslin Damon Runyan: A Life Damon Runyan


  1. "'Booknotes' Afterword". The Boston Globe. 19 August 2004. 
  2. Ellen Emry Heltzel (17 August 1997). "Books On TV, and a Host Who Listens". The Sunday Oregonian. 
  3. Frank J. Prial (4 December 2004). "After Many Million Pages, 'Booknotes' Ends Its Run". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2010.