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Latinos in America; Lee Child's Jack Reacher Novels; the Revolution in NY and NJ; the FBI and Reagan at Berkeley

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Journalist Ray Suarez describes the role Latinos have played in shaping the nation for over 500 years. Lee Childs talks about his latest Jack Reacher novel, called Never Go Back. Robert Sullivan shines a light on the often overlooked roles that New Jersey and New York played in the American Revolution. And we’ll hear about FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, and poison-pen letters at Berkeley in the 1960s.

Ray Suarez on Latinos in America

Ray Suarez, PBS Newshour senior correspondent, chronicles the history of Latinos and the ways they’ve helped shaped the nation. His book Latino Americans is the companion to the PBS miniseries, and it explores the lives of Latino American men and women over a 500-year span, from the early European settlements to the Wild West to the Cold War to the Great Depression to the civil rights movement.

The book is a companion to the PBS series Latino Americans, which premieres September 18, at 8:00 pm. 

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Lee Child on Never Go Back

Lee Child talks about his latest Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back. Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and a chase for truth and justice, Child makes Reacher question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

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Robert Sullivan's American Revolution

Robert Sullivan looks at the role New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania played in the American Revolutionary War. He talks about his adventure re-creating a heroic part of the past in the urban, suburban, and sometimes even rural landscape of today. In his book My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78, Sullivan sets off on a personal odyssey that involves camping in New Jersey backyards, hiking through lost “mountains,” and traveling from Brooklyn to Manhattan by handmade boat.

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The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

Investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures who clashed at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power looks at the campus counterculture and reveals how the FBI’s covert operations—led by Reagan’s friend J. Edgar Hoover—helped ignite an era of protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically.

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Guest Picks: Lee Child

Lee Child was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about Never Go Back, the latest installment in his Jack Reacher series. He also told us what he's been reading recently.

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