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
  • Surprising Heroes In A Long Struggle For Justice

    May 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis? It would just be an interesting question for cocktail party talk if the subject of the book were not so serious and compelling. Winston-Salem […]

  • Bad News For Politicians – And The Rest Of Us, Too

    May 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians. Some of your best friends are dying. It is not people that I am thinking about. It is restaurants. In the small towns and cities in our state, candidates for public office still make campaign visits to the family-owned, home cooking eateries where locals have gathered […]

  • North Carolina And The U.S. – Mexico border

    April 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

    What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina? A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his journey along the entire border, from Boca Chica in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico to San Diego, California on the Pacific Ocean. Charles D. […]

  • Is The Civil War Over?

    April 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

    One hundred and fifty years later, is the Civil War finally over? On Saturday, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the April 26, 1865 final surrender by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston of approximately 90,000 troops to Gen. William T. Sherman, effectively ending the hostilities of the nation’s Civil War. Some of us have […]

  • William Powell, Dean of North Carolina History

    April 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

    When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus William Powell died last week at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored countless books and articles, including the preeminent history of our state, North Carolina Through Four Centuries – all 670 pages of it. Even […]

  • Five North Carolina Books

    April 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Here are five recent books, starting with a novel featuring a thinly disguised Jesse Helms, by North Carolina authors to put on your bedside reading table. What is it really like to be the top aide to a powerful North Carolina senator, one who is much loved and much hated for his strong uncompromising views […]

  • Race And Basketball: A Transformative Moment

    April 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

    If you just want to read about the incredible basketball game described by Scott Ellsworth in The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph, you can skip the first 250 pages. Then you can read about that secret game played in 1944 between a team of all-white college all-stars at […]

  • Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

    March 31, 2015 at 10:13 am

    “Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?” David, my five-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool. He knew that I had been in the Army many years ago. So, of course, he wondered if my “many years ago” coincided with this and other incidents […]

  • My Trip To Norlina

    March 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Come on and go to Norlina with me! Before you ask where Norlina is, and why should you want to go there, let me explain: I have agreed to write a new book for UNC Press, an expended and updated version of an earlier one I wrote several years ago, about North Carolina family-owned, home-cooking […]

  • Four Good North Carolina Books For The Spring

    March 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

    If you are looking for an interesting book for springtime reading, I have four suggestions: A cookbook that will be fun to read; A book of stories from one of North Carolina’s rising stars; The story of a ’57 Chevy and its complicated, troubled and fascinating 13th owner who took it to Moyock in Currituck […]