C-SPAN 1 & 2 (times e.t.)

This Sunday Booknotes (8:00 p.m. and again 11:00) on C-SPAN 1 features Maureen Dowd, columnist for the New York Times, discussing her book, Bushworld: Enter at Your own Risk. The Booknotes site notes that the controversial columnist, has, for thirty years, “written about Washington-and America-in a voice that is acerbic, passionate, outraged, and incisive. But nothing has engaged her as powerfully as the extraordinary agendas, absurdities, and obsessions of George the Younger.”

Friday evening on CSPAN 1, Rumsfeld: Response to Terrorism “recaps global war.” Taped before the Council on Foreign Relations and the Commercial Club of Chicago, he “gives an address, updating his audience on the military’s role in the war against global terrorism. The speech lasts about 40 minutes, with 20 minutes of Q&A.” It will begin at 8 p.m.

CSPAN2’s Book TV features Laurence Meyer’s A Term at the Fed: An Insider’s View on Saturday, August 7 at 9:00 pm and Sunday, August 8 at 12:00 pm. “Through accounts of the governors’ daily actions it shows how the members of the board create monetary policy. The author is joined by former Federal Reserve Board Governors Alan Blinder, Edward Kelley, and Susan Phillips who discuss the author’s book as it compares to their time at the Fed.”

A grouping follows, though for a complete schedule follow the links above.

History on Book TV presents Walter McDougall, who has appeared often on these channels. At the Foreign Policy institute in Philadelphia, he discusses the first volume of his American history; this one covers 1585-1828 and is titled: Freedom Just Around the Corner. Times: Saturday, August 7 at 9:00 pm and Sunday, August 8 at 12:00 pm

Public Lives looks at anthropologist Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World; that will air at Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00.

Encore booknotes will air Lamb’s interview with Don Hewitt as they discuss Me a Story: 50 Years and 60 Minutes in Television Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Another repeated booknotes: two hour segments with Richard Nixon on Seize the Moment: America’s Challenge in a One-Superpower World; these are at 2:30 and 1:30 early Sunday morning and then again at 5:00 and 6:00 that afternoon.

Several sessions appear to deal with economics or business. 9:30 Satuday morning James Bachus’ Trade and Freedom; 10:30 Lori Wallach’s Whose Trade Organization?, 1:00 Ben Sein asks Can America Survive?, 3:30 early Sunday morning is James Marchus’ Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.com Juggernaut, and Paul Starr’s The Creation of the Media at 4:30 early Monday morning also takes an economic approach.

Interesting takes on America’s role in the 21st century can be seen in John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge’s The Right Nation at midnight Sunday night. Another set of co-authors, Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson discuss their Homeland Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and Monday at 1:00 a.m.

On history, we can see Newt Gingrich discuss Grant Comes East Saturday at 4:15 and Joel Achenbach’s The Grand Idea: George Washington’s Potomac and the
Race to the West
Sunday at 7:30 in Sunday morning. At 1:45 Sunday afternoon Elizabeth Leonard’s Lincoln’s Avengers is discussed and Gordon Wood’s follows at 2:30 with his The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin.

Other works that give us a texture of our history are Weinstein’s The Forgotten Network (7:15 Monday morning), Rats (11:45 Saturday morning), Arabs in movies at 2:30 Satuday afternoon. Larry Flynt talks about Sex, Lies, and Politics at 5:30 Sunday afternoon and Mark Smith offers his Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy at 6:30 Monday morning.

Works concerning religion are Jimmy Breslin’s at 5:0 on Saturday evening and Aikman’s discussion of Bush’s “spiritual journey” at 2:30 Monday morning.

Eugene Robinson’s Last Dance in Havana is discussed at 2:30 on Sunday and again at 7:00 that night.