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"Seven Seconds that Broke the Back of the Century."

Novelist Don DeLillo. His most recent novel, Libra, is based on the assassination of President Kennedy and the various conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around the tragedy. It became an immediate bestseller when it was published last year, and is now at the top of the paperback best seller lists. DeLillo's eight previous novels, starting with Americana and the bestseller and American Book Award winner White Noise, all revolve around conspiracy theories and the public's conviction that public events are never what they seem. (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Tuesday, August 9, 1988.) (Interview by Sedge Thomson)


Other segments from the episode on August 15, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 15, 1989: Interview with Allan Burns; Commentary on the Woodstock Festival; Interview with Don DeLillo; Review of Peter Handke's novel "The Afternoon of the Writer."


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