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of literature for 30 years and doing some other kinds of work. and then this, so, it's a great ride. >> what are your duties going to entail as the new president? >> i think my main duty is to keep on keeping on. this is very fabulous and unusual publishing company and i wanted to continue to do that. my duties are to learn what i don't know and to support all of these brilliant people to do what they really do well. >> well, we were going to ask you about books coming up this november that are publishing. what are some that you want to talk about? >> this-- we've got plenty. i'm going to start with "the rise and fall of adam and eve", who is an author i worked with for 20 years. steven has written cultural history of the myths of adam and eve, begins as an archtype
and believed there was the first couple and they did wrong and then it's up to the renaissance, and the works of john milton in paradise lost and you know, adam and eve as inspiration for art. steven is the most entertaining entertainingly erudite person i know and reading this book with pleasure. we have a biography of gorbachev. he's a pulitzer prize winning author, and the emphasis with
fresh documents about his relationship with raisa, his wife. that will be interesting. >> did he cooperate with this? >> yes, he did. i think that's why we have this of his life. another one is a gifted, "no man's land", we have a whole different population of migrant workers, they are many of them retirees, pack up their rv's and move from camp to camp, chasing low paying jobs, like ticket takers and box packers and even fruit pickers. so, this book traces the particular community leaving in one of these nomad land camps. but it does reveal this entire other part of our economy and
people for whom never come out of the great recession. what else. another great biography, arthur slessinger which captures the kennedy era, how shlessinger, and the days of camelot. the collector of lies, that has to do with the life of giorgio basari, renaissance architect, painter, diplomate who wrote a book, hugely influential on the lives of artists and it really, it finds the cannen of renaissance art and not as a technician, but as a genius and
that's the entire history of the field of art. >> could you give us a sense, the rise and fall of adam and eve, how long would a book like that with you or worked on? how long ago it you acquire it, et cetera? >> right, i think we seened steven green blatt to do this book about six years ago and he has along the way talked about how very hard it is to write an accessible and lively story with the kind of imagination he brings to history, but have it deeply formed by research and the research is global because the story is global. it's a phenomenal commishment. >> is there a physical time for a book or lengthy. >> i think that's a little long. >> what would you say the average is, from acquisition to publishing? >> oh, i don't know.
i would -- i don't know. let's pick a number. >> couple of years? >> we'd be doing well for a couple of years. i'd say the average is closer to four, but let's stop there. >> all right. julia is the new head of the norton company. a few of the books they have coming up this fall. >> this weekend we're live at chicago tribune's annual lit fest book fair. we'd look at the list. >> jd vance from a rust belt town in ohio this is animal, vegetable, miracle, a family trying to eat locally grown for an entire year. and the late neuro surgeon's biography, his battle with stage four lung cancer, when breath becomes air.
>> and trevor noah's in apartheid africa, when being born is a crime. and michael lewis, details the nobel prize winning work of t two. >> and the magic of tidying up. and there's a look at future of humanity. number eight on the list is national book award winning author, on the current state of black america. in between the world and me. followed by the southside by chicago native natalie moore who weighs in on segregation in the city. wrapping up a look at our most popular books according to the library. the book on political rights, strangers in their own lands. many of these authors have or will be appearing on book tv.
watch them on our website, book tv.org. >> the president has an outstanding security team. rex tillerson is a really fine secretary of state. some of us who wanted to see him become secretary of state kind of understood that the president need add different kind of secretary of state. he needed a business pier. the oilmen know the world like nobody else. they have to live and deal with long investments and difficult places, deal with difficult people. their people work in troubling circumstances, and sound like being secretary of state. jim mattis is one of the best commanders of his generation, hr mcmasters, the same. so it's an excellent team, but any national security team would struggle with the north korean problem and i think it's the singlemost dangerous problem that we've got. i was the secretary of state who tried to negotiate with the north koreans to get them to give up their nuclear weapons.
that was jim kim jong-il, the father. he lived in aabounded parallel universe. i think that junior is unhinged and i think he's living-- when he says things like i can destroy the united states. i think i hope he doesn't believe that. he's also reckless, anybody who will reach into malaysia to kill his half brother, and by all reports, whose half brother was under chinese protection, so, he's reckless, he's probably a little unhinged and they've made a lot of progress in the last several years on their nuclear program. you see, useful nuclear weapons you have to have three elements, you have to have fuel and they've been harvesting plutonium and uranium for some time. then you have to have a bomb design. when people tell you it's easy to make a nuclear weapon, it actually isn't easy to make a
nuclear welcome. the bomb design has to hold the material in critical mass until the moment you want to hit it and explode it. when you read in the newspapers that the north korean tests they're not getting very good yield, that means it's exploding prematurely, but they're betting-- getting better at it and soon they'll get it to explode when they want to and then affix it to a delivery vehicle. what's worrying people is that their delivery vehicles are getting longer in range and i don't know whether president trump is being told it's one year, or three years, or five years, my guess is someplace three to five years, he's going to be able to marry that weapon to an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the united states. now, no president of the united states is going to let a reckless, unhinged north korean leader be able to reach the united states with auc