List of Booknotes interviews first aired in 1998

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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 4, 1998 Paul Nagel John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life John Quincy Adams
January 11, 1998 Iris Chang The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II The Nanking Massacre
January 18, 1998 Allan Metcalf and David Barnhart America In So Many Words American English
January 25, 1998 Daniel Pipes Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From Conspiracy theories
February 1, 1998 Roger Simon Showtime: The American Political Circus and the Race for the White House United States presidential primary
February 8, 1998 Carol Reardon Pickett's Charge in History & Memory George Pickett; Pickett's Charge
February 15, 1998 Joseph Hernon Profiles in Character: Hubris and Heroism in the U.S. Senate, 1789-1990 The United States Senate
February 22, 1998 William Gildea Where the Game Matters Most Hoosier Hysteria
March 1, 1998 John Lukacs The Hitler of History Adolf Hitler
March 8, 1998 John Marszalek The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House The Petticoat affair
March 15, 1998 Randall Robinson Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America Memoir/Autobiography; TransAfrica
March 22, 1998 Ernest Lefever The Irony of Virtue: Ethics and American Power Ethics
March 29, 1998 Douglas L. Wilson Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
April 5, 1998 Paul Johnson A History of the American People History of the United States
April 12, 1998 Taylor Branch Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 19, 1998 John S.D. Eisenhower Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott Winfield Scott
April 26, 1998 Molly Ivins You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years Politics of the United States; Politics of Texas; Presidency of Bill Clinton
May 3, 1998 David Aikman Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century Mother Teresa; Nelson Mandela; Billy Graham; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; Pope John II; Elie Wiesel
May 10, 1998 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society Multiculturalism
May 17, 1998 Patrick Buchanan The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy Globalism
May 24, 1998 Jill Ker Conway When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography Memoirs and Autobiographies
May 31, 1998 Max Boot Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench Corruption in local government; Law of the United States
June 7, 1998 Linda Simon Genuine Reality: A Life of William James William James
June 14, 1998 Edward Lazarus Closed Chambers: The First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court The Supreme Court of the United States
June 21, 1998 Ron Chernow Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. John D. Rockefeller
June 28, 1998 Edward Larson Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion The Scopes Trial; Relationship between religion and science
July 5, 1998 Andrew Carroll Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters Letters
July 12, 1998 John Lewis Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement Memoir/Autobiography; African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968)
July 19, 1998 Ben H. Procter William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910 William Randolph Hearst
July 26, 1998 Richard Holbrooke To End a War Bosnian War; Dayton Agreement
August 2, 1998 F. Carolyn Graglia Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism Feminism; Antifeminism
August 9, 1998 Roy Reed Faubus: The Life and Times of An American Prodigal Orval Faubus
August 16, 1998 Patricia O'Toole Money and Morals in America Philanthropy in the United States
August 23, 1998 Barbara Crossette The Great Hill Stations of Asia Hill stations
August 30, 1998 Robert Sobel Coolidge: An America Enigma Calvin Coolidge
September 6, 1998 Linda Davis Badge of Courage: The Life of Stephen Crane Stephen Crane
September 13, 1998 Arnold Rogow A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Alexander Hamilton; Aaron Burr; Burr–Hamilton duel
September 20, 1998 Larry Tye The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations Edward Bernays; Public relations
September 27, 1998 Balint Vazsonyi America’s 30 Years War: Who Is Winning? Economic history of the United States; Socialism
October 4, 1998 George Bush and Brent Scowcroft A World Transformed United States foreign policy; History of the United States National Security Council 1989–1993; Cold War (1985–1991)
October 11, 1998 Juan Williams Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary Thurgood Marshall
October 18, 1998 Christopher Dickey Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son Memoir/Autobiography; James Dickey; The novel Deliverance; The film Deliverance
October 25, 1998 Dorothy Herrmann Helen Keller: A Life Helen Keller
November 1, 1998 Charles Lewis The Buying of the Congress: How Special Interests Have Stolen Your Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Lobbying in the United States
November 8, 1998 Simon Winchester The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary The Oxford English Dictionary; William Chester Minor; James Murray
November 15, 1998 Eric Foner The Story of American Freedom Civil liberties in the United States; Political freedom
November 22, 1998 Philip Gourevitch We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda Rwandan Genocide
November 29, 1998 Melissa Müller Anne Frank: The Biography Anne Frank
December 6, 1998 Shelby Steele A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America Affirmative action; Reverse discrimination
December 13, 1998 William Greider Fortress America: The American Military and the Consequences of Peace Military budget of the United States
December 20, 1998 A. Scott Berg Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh
December 27, 1998 Peter Jennings The Century: America's Time American Century


  1. "'Booknotes' Afterword". The Boston Globe. 19 August 2004.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ellen Emry Heltzel (17 August 1997). "Books On TV, and a Host Who Listens". The Sunday Oregonian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Frank J. Prial (4 December 2004). "After Many Million Pages, 'Booknotes' Ends Its Run". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>