03/30/2011 03:25 pm ET Updated May 30, 2011

Assessing Why Author Simon Winchester Is So Popular

Simon Winchester, the author of The Professor and the Madman and other best-selling works of popular history, came out with his last book in the fall, around the time the House fell to the GOP and Italy's prime minister got dropped, like a thin piece of veal, into the frying pan for alleged acts of willful bunga bunga.

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