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Thursday, July 31, 2014


Boris Pasternak (See "The Zhivago Affair:")

MID SUMMER READING—Staffers at PBS’ Washington Week asked its panelists what they were reading over the summer.  We’re a bit late in sharing this plethora of recommended printed pages because it has been a busy summer.  Despite so many books and so little time here’s a belated sampling of who is reading what thanks to PBS. 

Complete PBS survey selections:

Peter Baker—The New York Times: “The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book,” by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee (non-fiction/Random House)

James Kitfield—National Journal: “Bloodmoney” by David Ignatius (W.W. Norton & Company)

Gwen IfillWashington Week: “Americanah” by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie (Random House);  “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” by Charles Blow (Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt) and “Hard Choices” by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster)

Dan BalzThe Washington Post: “American Romantic” By Ward Just (Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt);  “The Director” by David Ignatius (W.W. Norton) and “Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall” by Elizabeth Drew (Overlook Press)

Kimberly DoziereThe Daily Beast: “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader” by Jason Redman and John Bruning (Harper Collins).

Tom GjeltenNPR: “Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories from the New Cuba” edited by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (OR Books).

Doyle McManusThe Los Angeles Times: “The Good Spy: the life and death of Robert Ames” by Kai Bird (Crown).

Joan Biskupic—Reuters: “TransAtlantic” by Colum McCann (Random House) and “The Second Amendment: A Biography” by Michael Waldman.

Gloria BorgerCNN: “New Life, No Instructions” by Gail Caldwell (Random House).


Stephen Colbert—The Colbert Report: “Californnia” by Edan Lepucki (Hanchette)

Jon Foro—Amazon: “Good Hunting” by Jack Devine (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)

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