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
  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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