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A Gossipy, Nostalgic History Of A Publishing 'Hothouse'

The prestigious publishing company Farrar, Straus and Giroux helped define the intellectual life of post-World War II America. Boris Kachka's book explores the company's history, from its founding in 1946 to its sale to a German conglomerate in 1994 and beyond.

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Barney Rosset: A Crusader Against Censorship Laws.

The book publisher who championed the works of beat poets and Samuel Beckett, and who defied censors with the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Tropic of Cancer, died Tuesday at age 89. Fresh Air remembers Rosset with excerpts from a 1991 interview.

This interview was originally broadcast on Apr. 9, 1991.

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The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

The Inquisition revolutionized record-keeping and surveillance techniques that are still used today, says Cullen Murphy. His new book God's Jury draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today.

06:04

A Publishing Titan's 'Life' And 'Time'

The Publisher, Alan Brinkley's biography of Henry Luce, digs into Luce's professional successes -- among them, Time and Life magazines -- the sway his politics held over his journalism empire, and his eccentric personal habits.

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For Publisher Barney Rosset, Risk Has Its Rewards

What's fit to print? For Barney Rosset, the answer is an invariable "anything." His Grove Press was known for printing books other publishers wouldn't touch — and for legal crusades that changed American censorship law.

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Charles Ardai: Hard Case Shows a Soft Spot for Pulp

Author Charles Ardai is founder of Hard Case Crime, a publishing group that reprints classic crime fiction and publishes new pulp fiction in paperback editions. Ardai, who writes under the pen name Richard Aleas, has won the Edgar Award for mystery writing.

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Charles Ardai: Hard Case Shows a Soft Spot for Pulp

Author Charles Ardai is founder of Hard Case Crime, a publishing group that reprints classic crime fiction and publishes new pulp fiction in paperback editions. Ardai, who writes under the pen name Richard Aleas, has won the Edgar Award for mystery writing.

08:02

Jonathan Karp of Random House

He was Laura Hillenbrand's editor on the book Seabiscuit. He'll talk about working with Hillenbrand, who has chronic fatigue syndrome, while she was writing the best-selling book.

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Novelist John Searles

He is the author of the bestseller Boy Still Missing, which is now available in paperback. He relates the saga of getting his photograph taken.

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