Happy Birthday Charles Dickens! The 7th marks the 200th birthday of the man who essentially invented Christmas, was the first gentleman novelist, and told a pretty good story to boot. Dan Simmons took a look at the mysterious last days of Dickens in his exhaustively researched novel, Drood.
Next, Maggie Linton talks with another pretty good yarn spinner, bestseller James Grippando about his latest, Need You Now.
And finally, a nasty little wakeup call from Joel Brenner, former senior counsel at the National Security Agency – his book is America the Vulnerable.
But first, Maggie has the top-ten Business downloads from audible.com. [Broadcast Date: February 7, 2012]
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