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Archives - August 2002

Interview: John Jakes, author of Charleston

Aug 9, 2002

August 9, 2002

John Jakes has been a dominant force in historical fiction for decades, beginning with his highly successful eight volumes of THE KENT FAMILY CHRONICLES, followed by the NORTH AND SOUTH trilogy. His character-rich storylines take on epic proportions when set against the panoramic backdrop of our American heritage. In this interview with's Ann Bruns, Jakes shares his views on America's painful struggles for unity and his passion for recreating those stories.

Author Talk: Christopher Reich, author of The First Billion

Aug 1, 2002

August 2002

Q: You've written two thrillers that break open a fairly covert world—in NUMBERED ACCOUNT it is the world of private Swiss banking and in THE FIRST BILLION it is the high-stakes business of bringing a company public. How do you assess what information to present to the reading public in order to tease their interest, and what to "embellish" for the sake of page-turning plotting?