This is a good time of year to look at the books and stories that inspired us, thrilled us, made us want to visit again and again. Certainly the magical land of Oz is that kind of place, and Gregory Maguire takes last one loving look with his latest, Out of Oz.
This is also a time for reflection on one pivotal season in our nation’s history with historian Stanley Weintraub’s Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War December 1941 .
And we’ll take a look at some offerings at your local cinema with The New Yorker’s film critic David Denby.
But first, Maggie has the top-ten history downloads from audible.com. [Original Broadcast Date: December 20, 2011]