By D.G. Martin D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. For more information or to view prior programs visit unctv.org/ncbookwatch.
  • Finding Food and Human Fellowship at the Haymont Grill

    July 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    What is more important than politics and books? These two are often the topics of my weekly column, but many things are more important. Including food, and the human fellowship that accompanies it. These two topics will be central to this column. Earlier this year I wrote about my search for old-time, locally owned, restaurants […]

  • Trump and Buncombe

    July 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Would North Carolinians ever vote to elect Donald Trump or somebody like him? We did once. When we did, we proved that North Carolinians, like voters across America, can be attracted to tough-talking candidates who challenge the establishment, bark out simple solutions to the most complicated problems, inexplicably advocate programs far out of the mainstream, […]

  • Major Golsteyn and General Noriega: In Headlines and Vacation Books

    July 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Headline news stories in recent few days reported the U.S. Army’s disciplining of Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who was once seen as a hero for his service with the Special Forces in Afghanistan. Golsteyn was accused of killing an Afghani bomb-making suspect and forced out of the army. Another news story reported that the 81-year-old former […]

  • The Biggest News For Me

    June 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

    The biggest news for me this year? Not ISIS, not Obamacare, not gay marriage, and not even the earth-shaking tragedy in Charleston. This year’s big news is that there are no more peaches at the Auman farm in West End near Pinehurst. Along with thousands of other North Carolinians, including the late UNC president William […]

  • Memories on the Fault Lines of Race

    June 23, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Two people who wanted to be something else have grabbed our attention recently: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Wash., and Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion. Dolezal, who grew up white, wanted to be black. She took every step she could think of to be a black person. […]

  • Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

    June 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

    “I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism.” These are the opening lines of retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger’s book, “Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.” Bolger teaches military history at N.C. State. “No U.S. general has criticized […]

  • A Test on Noted North Carolina Authors

    June 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Let’s see how well you are keeping up with recent books by North Carolina authors. See how many new books and authors you can identify from the following clues. Two “non-poetry” books by a former North Carolina poet laureate. A memoir of growing up in the changing South by the author of a best-selling book […]

  • North Carolina’s “Only in America” Story

    June 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    He was the most famous North Carolinian in the country, for a moment back in the late 1950s and 1960s. Today, you rarely hear his name. My children, who grew up in the 1970s a few blocks from where Harry Golden worked, do not remember him. How and why Golden became so famous and how […]

  • Leuchtenburg rates Obama

    May 26, 2015 at 10:38 am

    “How will historians rate Barack Obama’s presidency?” Following up my conversation last week with historian William Leuchtenburg about the challenges Hillary Clinton faces in her campaign, I wanted him to begin to put Obama in historical perspective, a challenging task for any one, but maybe not unfair to someone whose latest book, “The American President: […]

  • Historian Leuchtenburg on Hillary Clinton’s Challenges

    May 19, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective? Maybe. But it is never too early to ask presidential historian and UNC-Chapel Hill emeritus history professor William Leuchtenburg to size up today’s presidential politics in light of the experiences of other presidents and presidential candidates. Leuchtenburg recently completed work on […]

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