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Book-TV on Weekends on C-SPAN 2 Can’t be Beat

May 16th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

I probably have earned several Ph.D.’s throughout the years by watching Book-TV on CSPAN-II.This wonderful and educational program is aired every weekend on C-SPAN II for 48 hours and it features prominent nonfiction authors and books. Last night for example, I watched an hour – long, commercial-free in-depth interview with William Cohan. He is a Wall Street veteran with a powerful resume – he has been an investment banker for 17 years with Lazard Feres, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan Chase; he has also written several books about what it’s like working for the best financial investment banking and securities firms in the world. He has just come out with a new book called ‘House of Cards’ – Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Ruled the World.
What astonished me was what type of person actually works for these elite, pedigree firms. They are the crème de la crème, the best of the best and not only are they brilliant, these men, and women are fiercely competitive and ambitious. So if you haven’t graduated from an Ivy League school at the top of your class and if you aren’t connected somehow – forget about it. If I were there I would have asked Mr. Cohan that if you “eggheads” are so smart then why did the financial world collapse in 2008? I know it is a rhetorical question because it happened out of greed and nothing else.
Any way I have been watching the show on a consistent basis for the past 5 years or so, maybe longer. If I am not glued to the TV, I have the set on all weekend long and when I have a free moment, I have the great pleasure of viewing the best programing a person can find. There has not been a topic that Book-TV has not covered.
Some examples would be: They have interviewed throughout the years the biographers of all of our presidents (The most written about I would guess would be Lincoln, Washington, Reagan and Andrew Jackson – Andrew Jackson was a “Wildman” – if you had an altercation with Jackson, you just might end up in a duel.)
Book-TV covers everything under the sun: Current events, science, new technology, trends, our economy, civil rights, business in every conceivable industry, talk radio, history, politics and on and on. In fact, it is just like WHADAWETHINK – If it is worth spilling ink then it is whada wethink.
If you want to check it out before this weekend, they have stuff on you tube (I also like Charlie Rose but I find that I’m sleeping or watching a film so I you tube a lot of his shows.)  Here is the URL

So WHADAWETHINK ? Are you a fan of Book-TV ? It’s interesting to note that when I was a child, I hated school and learning in general. Now as an adult education is basically what I live for. Please contribute and share your thoughts. Thank you.
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