13 best 2011 author interviews

A loose young woman in Nazi-era Berlin. A titanic failure of courage on the Titanic. A Supreme Court justice with a thing for hot blondes. An American president's scandalous love child.  Book authors answered questions about these earthy topics and many more – from sandwiches to Shakespeare – during Monitor interviews with me this year. Here's a baker's dozen of the memorable things that these authors had to say. Click on the links to read the full interviews.

1. Noah Feldman talking about William O. Douglas

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"William O. Douglas married not one, not two, not three, but four hot blondes. He was not faithful to any of them, not even the last, and each was younger than the previous woman… But after his personal life began to actually fall apart, he developed a set of values about the Constitution that turned out to maximize our autonomy and freedom."

Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman, author of "Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices," on one very influential – and very active judge (Click here for full interview.)

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