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Best of the Book Nook: Dallek, Burke, And Dickson


Harry S. Truman by Robert Dallek
(original recording made in 2008)

Presidential historian Robert Dallek returned to the program to talk about his biography of a president who was deeply unpopular while he was in office. Harry S. Truman is now considered to have been one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century.

Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
(original recording made in 2009)

James Lee Burke has more interviews archived on our website than any other writer. Here's another one. In 2009 I talked to Jim about his novel "Rain Gods." This one features his character Hackberry Holland who is based on a real person. James Lee Burke is in his 80's now and still going strong. He's one of our greatest crime novelists and his Dave Robicheaux series will continue this August with a new book called "A Private Cathedral." I have read an early copy of it and it is dark, dark, dark.

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson
(original recording made in 2009)

Paul Dickson has made a number of appearances on the program. He's the "Vesuvius of books" and he has written dozens of them. This third edition of his massive, definitive baseball dictionary is truly his magnum opus.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.