Like his role model, Teddy Roosevelt, McCain drew on books as a source of intellectual and spiritual sustenance.
A century after his term in office, many of Wilson's ideals remain deeply divisive.
Historian Amy Werbel, author of the new book 'Lust on Trial,' explores the divisive and influential career of Anthony Comstock.
Tyrants, it turns out, like to write. And they like to force people to read their books.
'Greetings ... can be fraught with difficulty, doubt and embarrassment,' Scott says.
Former journalist Jane Harper has become one of the world's leading mystery writers with her "Aaron Falk" mysteries set in distant corners of Australia.
Yale University historian and author Joanne B. Freeman talks about the stunning extent to which US Congressmen treated each other with violence in the years before the Civil War.
A complex man himself, Naipaul had a gift for revealing in his writing dimensions other observers might have missed.
In heart of the crisis, author Beth Macy finds perseverance amid tragedy.
Advertising copywriter Richard Ratay says his own fond memories inspired him to research the history of the family road trip.
Lal explores the powerful Indian empress who was much more than a romantic icon.
'Sympathy for the Traitor' author Mark Polizzotti discusses the pitfalls and perils of translation.
Oliver Kelly cries as he is carried off the sheriff's airboat during his rescue from rising flood waters in the aftermath of hurricane Florence in Leland, N.C., Sept. 16.
Cantú, who worked with the US Border Patrol on the Mexican border, says issues surrounding the border are 'hugely complex.'
Historian and author Alice Echols began to look into a family scandal and uncovered a sprawling saga of capitalism run amok.
'Wild Horse Country' author David Philipps discusses the rise (and fall and rise) of the American wild horse and the federal government's bizarre approach to equine management.
Exactly 150 years ago, another insider account captivated the nation by exposing the secret inner workings of the White House. That one was from seamstress Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Keckley, a former slave who became Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker.
A library should be a living thing – open to the world and all of its dangers.
Clifton Fadiman said it best when he wrote of 'objects whose connection with us lies just this side of evanescence.'
'God put me on earth for many reasons, and one is to integrate the history of the human community by establishing the role that black people played,' he says.
Deborah Cadbury, author of 'Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe,' talks about the queen's wide-ranging impact – for better and for worse – on European history.
It's good news for the Neapolitan novelist's fans, some of whom feared they would never hear from her again.
My library grows by the year, but it all started with Gumby.