Brian P. Lamb “Booknotes” Collection [Annotations from]

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Brian P. Lamb “Booknotes” Collection [Annotations from]





“Booknotes” host Brian Lamb interviewed 801 authors during the over fifteen–year run of CSPAN’s “Booknotes” television program. Lamb made a point of reading each book in its entirety before each interview so that he could discuss it in detail with the author. He often spent up to twenty hours a week reading a book and preparing for the subsequent interview. While this thoroughness was normal operating procedure for Brian Lamb, this was not always the case with interviewers of authors on other programs. Lamb took pride in being able to discuss a book’s most minute details with its author, as he believed that his audience would be interested themselves in such details. 

Lamb also had a habit of annotating a book while he read it. He made notes in the margins and endpapers. He would underline single words or whole passages in the main text. These “book notes” were used by Lamb to remind him of things he wanted to ask the author. Notes might pertain to significant events in the book or the education or employment of a book’s author or subject. Ideas for questions, quotations, and philosophical, political, historical and scientific concepts were noted along with the names of important people or significant dates.

George Mason University Libraries acquired the entire collection of 801 nonfiction books used on the “Booknotes” television series in September of 2011. The books are now housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives department.

Researchers may access scanned versions of the annotations from over 500 of the books in the Brian P. Lamb “Booknotes” Collection from this site. 

Collection Items

Men and powers : a political retrospective
Recollections of the former West German chancellor, Helmut Schmidt.

Fighting for air : in the trenches with television news
Journalist Liz Trotta recalls her career from the early days of broadcast news to the 1990s..

Dangerous liaison : the inside story of the U.S.-Israeli covert relationship
Andrew and Leslie Cockburn's study of the intelligence relationship between the United States and Israel.

The crisis years : Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963
Michael Beschloss characterizes the relationship between Kennedy and Khrushchev and its impact on the Cold War.

Den of thieves
How four men--Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, Dennis Levine--"nearly destroyed Wall Street ... how they made billions and how they got caught."

The promised land : the great Black migration and how it changed America
Provides identity to those who have been participants in Afro-American diaspora, and examines the issues of urban disintegration and rural poverty.

Out of thin air : the brief wonderful life of network news
Reuven Franks account of the development of television news.

The vital South : how presidents are elected
Carry the South, control the White House. What the Democratic Party could once take for granted--a region so vast and unified that its vote in presidential elections is nothing short of decisive--Republicans now claim as their own. The first book to…

Unsilent revolution : television news and American public life, 1948-1991
Robert J. Donnoan comments on the impact television news has had on politics, current events and the print media.

Eleanor Roosevelt
A study of the complex and political figure of Eleanor Roosevelt begins with her harrowing childhood, describes the difficulties of her marriage, and explains how she persuaded Franklin to make the reforms that would make him famous.

Three blind mice : how the TV networks lost their way
Ken Auletta coments on the decline of the major television networks particularly in the field of journalism.
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