Books: The Thinking Man's CB

On the road with Churchill, the Bard and Plimpton

Barbara Bush, wife of the Vice President, is a subscriber. Copies are regularly ordered by Photographer Ansel Adams and Comedian Steve Allen. A minister in Maine claims he is addicted to them, and a Kentucky undertaker listens to them in his hearse. Pilots at Mather Air Force Base at Sacramento tune in while on alert status. Today, thousands of American commuters, determined to put the down time of driving to better use, are discovering the pleasures of loud literature: books transcribed on cassette tapes. A...

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