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“In all, it is a rich stew in bite-sized servings. If you have been a fan of Mr. Lamb’s literary feast, as I have, this will be a welcome addition to your shelves.”—Washington Times

“Edited into the form of cogent essays, these conversations reveal writers’ motivations for choosing their subjects, challenges in doing research and their own surprising discoveries…These richly detailed and forthright interviews offer unique perspectives on the inspirations and creativity of writers." —Kirkus reviews

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Brian Lamb is C-SPAN's founding CEO and chairman and longtime on-camera interviewer. Lamb lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610393481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610393485
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2014
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Book Notes and its successor, Q & A, have been on C-Span every week since 1989. They're interview shows which feature authors of current non-fiction books. All told there have been over 1,300 interviews in those twenty-five years, and Sundays at Eight collects the best 40 or so of them. In addition to choosing the most interesting interviews, they've adapted the transcripts to remove the question and answer format and turned the interviews into essay-like chapters. It works very well.

Since I have never actually tuned in to the shows, I didn't have much in the way of expectations, but I love the idea of a book highlighting excellent non-fiction. For those of us who prefer history, biography, current events, popular science, journalism, and human interest, this book is a treasure trove. I started reading the first essay and was immediately hooked. Same with the next essay and the next. It was one fascinating discussion after another. I had to start making a list of all the books from Sundays at Eight that I want to read.

Many of the books are several years or even decades old now, but still worth reading. Blaine Harden's Escape From Camp 14, about a North Korean prisoner who escaped to freedom in the West; Isabelle Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns, a history of 20th century African American migration from South to North; Robert Curson's Crashing Through, about a man blind from age three who had an operation to regain his sight at age 46, with unexpected results. Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, David McCullough, Christopher Hitchens all make appearances here.

I enjoyed nearly every one of these interviews. This would make a good nightstand book, or a reference for non-fiction book club ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By william butterly on June 6, 2014
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Mr Lamb's lack of ego always shows up in his interviews: he is never trying to show that he is the smartest guy in the room. I believe that this relaxes the guest, and that, more often than not, brings brings out an unguarded inner being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Patrick Baugh on June 1, 2014
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30+ short chapters, perfect for reading in bed at night. Topics cover a wide range of "public affairs" subjects, almost all of which held my interest.
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A compliation of Brian Lamb's interviews on C-SPAN'S BOOKNOTES and Q&A programs during the past 25 years. Mr. Lamb has done more to preserve democracy and free speech in this country by founding the C-SPAN Networks and his book will either remind you of his contributions or introduce you to C-SPAN -- especially, weekend Book-TV (from Saturdays at 8AM to Mondays at 8AM) on network #2 via the two programs which he hosted and continues to host for 25 years.

You may be surprised as to how intersting each weekend's talks about non-fiction books can be. Must see TV. A great book by the best interviewer I have ever encountered TV or radio.

His technique is to engage each guest as he stays in the backgound. He presents the antithesis of the loud and opinionated "hosts" (who often know zip) but are able to manipulate their guests and auduences and get large ratings and revenues which we encounter on cable TV and talk radio. Brian Lamb is the mann!
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