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
  • 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 […]

  • Who And What Do You Believe?

    March 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Last week, two men claimed they had been robbed of about $5 million worth of gold bars they were transporting along I-95 in Wilson County. According to their story, when they pulled over on I-95 to fix their truck or attend to an illness, three armed men appeared, took the gold, tied them up, and […]

  • Two Good Books By People Who Already Work For Us

    March 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

    It is a dream come true for me. A mixture of North Carolina public affairs and North Carolina books. Only rarely does a prominent North Carolina public figure write a book that promises to be a success and maybe even a bestseller. Now it is happening twice. First, there is North Carolina’s Secretary of Transportation […]

  • The ’57 Chevy: Two Stories About The Same Car

    February 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

    What is it about a 1957 Chevrolet? Like The New York Times offering on its store page a “1957 Bel Air 50th Anniversary Edition $99.95. Numbered, limited edition of 1,957.” Before you order, let me tell you about the North Carolina connection to the car. Make that “connections,” as there are more than one. First, […]

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