C-Span 2’s Booktv this weekend offers its usual variety. On After Words Tom Gjelten (NPR) interviews Natan Sharansky whose The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror has been read by the Bushies. “In it, [Sharansky] argues that promoting and supporting democratic governments is essential to global security and stability.” He is “a former Soviet dissident who spent nine years a political prisoner. He lives in Jerusalem and serves as the Minister for Jerusalem Social and Diaspora Affairs for the Israeli government.” After Words airs at 6 & 9 Sunday night. A different perspective is given by Alan Dershowitz’s Rights from Wrongs: The Origin of Human Rights in the Experience of Injustice. Sunday morning (7:15 am)
Booktv’s Schedule. Sessions related to Chicagoboyz topics below.
C=Span 2 juxtaposes two sessions that might interest those who have been following the Shannon Love/Engineer-Poet debate. On Saturday night, at 8 Jared Diamond discusses his new book, Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed>, followed by Michael Crichton at 9:30, whose State of Fear takes a different perspective.
An interview of Arthur Miller, who died this week, is replayed; Lewis Lapham discusses Miller’s “On Politics and the Art of Acting” Saturday at 10:45 am and Sunday at 5:15 am. A quite different timeliness is Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, Saturday at 8:00 am and Sunday at 4:30 pm by Bradley Martin.
Another writer discussed on this blog is Gertrude Himmelfarb; a rerun of Booknotes airs Saturday at 7:00 pm and again Sunday at 2:00 am. The topic is her The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values.
“Public Lives” (Sunday at 1:30 pm and 8:15) gives us Christine Todd Whitman, discussing It’s My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America.
I suspect Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Sunday at 7:00 pm will prove interesting.
Scan the schedule for:
Economics: Peter Schwartz on Ayn Rand, John Perkins Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Warren Farrell discussing Why Men Earn More History: a home front Vietnam book (Hero Mama), Persico on Armistice Day, 1918, Mark Danner on Torture and Truth, Michael Korda on Ulysses S. Grant, Jon Anderson on the fall of Baghdad, Michael Kauffman on John Wilkes Booth, and David Fitz-Enz on Old Ironsides.
Have fun (perhaps these can be your excuses to not get papers graded and houses cleaned).