Fictionalized Non-Fiction

GUESTS: SAM TANENHAUS Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Author, Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (Random House, 1997) JON MEACHAM Managing Editor of Newsweek MIRANDA SEYMOUR Author of a biography of Robert Graves Author of The Summer of '39 PETER NOVICK Professor of history at the University of Chicago Author of The Holocaust in American Life and That Noble Dream: The Objectivity Question and the American Historical Profession A new biography of Ronald Reagan has generated more controversy over its narrative technique than for the facts it contains. Edmund Morris' book Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan features the author himself as a fictionalized character. Do the dangers of fictionalizing history outweigh the benefits of a more coherent story? Join Melinda Penkava and guests to examine the intersection of truth, fiction, and history, on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.

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