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Fresh Air, F.X. Toole and Michael Bellesiles

Narrated by: Terry Gross
Length: 44 mins

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Writer F.X. Toole and Professor Michael A. Bellesiles on this edition of Fresh air. At age 70, F.X. Toole has just published his first book. It's a collection of short stories about boxing called Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner. For twenty years, he's been a cut man, stopping the bleeding so fighters can go on to the next round. Writers James Ellroy and Joyce Carol Oates have praised this book, the former calling it "the best boxing fiction ever written." Others have compared his literary style to Frank McCourt's. Bellesiles new book, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture looks at our country's obsession with guns. His research refutes the conventional lore that Colonial families were armed, and that the gun was the symbol of the frontier. Bellesiles is a Colonial historian at Emory University, and the Director of Emory's Center for the Study of Violence. (Broadcast Date: September 26, 2000)

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