An Interview with Andrew Ferguson.
Abstract from Interview
1:29 – The book came to be on Booknotes because he knew Brian Lamb personally from his work in publishing.
3:05 – To prepare for the interview, Ferguson re-read his book and picked out a bow-tie for the occasion. He was excited for the interview because he watched Booknotes every week.
4:31 – He remembers the relaxed atmosphere the most from his time on the program.
5:35 – Ferguson worries that sometimes authors can talk too much and go off topic, which could make the hour-long format arduous for viewers. But a strength of the hour-long format is that you are able to go beyond the talking point to give people a real feel for you and your work.
7:05 – Lamb’s level of preparation and having read the entire book in detail is unique.
10:40 – Ferguson things learning about the process of writing is interesting to authors and readers, but not publishers.
12:14 – Ferguson was not surprised by being asked biographical questions on the program because he watched the show, but that line of questioning is unique from other interviews.
13:37 – Ferguson was very surprised by one of Lamb’s questions – “why do you do what you do?”
15:32 –Ferguson thinks that the Booknotes collection at GMU is an invaluable portrait of intellectual life among thought leaders of the time.
19:30 – If asked he would have appeared on the show a second time because Lamb is such a skilled interviewer.
20:34 – There was a boost in sales following his appearance on Booknotes.
21:18 – Being on Booknotes did not change his writing process, however Lamb did influence his next book on Lincoln by providing him information and leads on the topic.
22:37 – Since appearing on the program Ferguson has worked as a journalist and has also written several books.
23:59 – Ferguson thinks that the program impacted its viewers by attracting them to new works, but that regrettably the program did not have much impact on society at large.
24:48 – Lamb was so unique in Washington because he didn’t let his personal politics influence his questions or author choices.
Lamb, Brian, 1941-
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