Book News: Wired, Kojo Nnamdi, Flight Global, and Lots More

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Catching up on the book-news home front:

1) I will be on the Kojo Nnamdi show, on NPR from WAMU in Washington, today at 1pm EDT. Details here. Colbert ahead next month, details soon.

2) A brief book excerpt in Wired, here, with a very nice illustration.

3) A nice piece by Greg Waldron in Flight Global ("must read" in the headline, "fun to read" in the text, etc).

4) An exploration by Alex Usher, on an American higher-ed site, of the "soft-power" angle in the book as it involves universities in China and the U.S.

5) Another round of Q-and-A about America, Australia, and their respective abilities to think clearly about China, with Sam Roggeveen on The Interpreter site of the Lowy Institute in Sydney.

6) In a different kind of book news, I had a big review of David Maraniss's huge new Obama biography in the New York Times this weekend, fyi. The book is worth reading -- but don't take my word for it, read the review!

I will update the tour and appearance dates on my book page ... soon! 

And oh yes! Several of the electronic "writing tools" I used in this book and all other work in the past few years are going on a limited-time, package-deal "Writer's Festival" sale. I don't use one of the four programs in the package, Bookends, but the other three -- Scrivener, Tinderbox, and TextExpander -- are very valuable to me. The irreplaceable Scrivener, originally Mac-only, now has a PC version; the rest are for Mac. If you search for Scrivener or Tinderbox here on the Atlantic site, you'll see a variety of past testimonials.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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