Ray Sprigle embarked on an undercover mission of journalism in 1948, and Bill Steigerwald describes what Sprigle found in “30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story that Exposed the Jim Crow South.”

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Steigerwald describes Sprigle’s reporting, whether his journalism was truly objective, and how Sprigle’s work differs from the the 1961 book “Black Like Me,” by John Howard Griffin.

Former Navy SEAL sniper Jack Carr delivers his debut thriller: “The Terminal List.”

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Carr explains why he wanted to write fiction, how his experience as a Navy SEAL shaped his story, and why he has one of his novel’s villains read a book by Brad Thor.

Do we let metrics run our lives? That’s the worry of Jerry Z. Muller, author of The Tyranny of Metrics.

In a 10-minutes conversation with The Bookmonger, Muller explains the use and abuse of metrics, how he as a history professor became interested in the subject, and how ordinary people can tell the difference between good and bad metrics.

Kyle Mills continues the story of American assassin Mitch Rapp, the hero invented by the late Vince Flynn, in Enemy of the State.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Mills describes his unusual collaboration with an author who died four years ago, what it’s like to continue a series started by another writer, and how much research goes into each of his thrillers.

Americans in the 21st century can learn a lot from an Elizabethan Englishman who wrote about classical Rome. That’s what Paul A. Cantor says in Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy: The Twilight of the Ancient World.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Cantor describes what he’s learned about Shakespeare over a lifetime of teaching his works, what he thinks of the recent production of “Julius Casear” that features a decapitation of a Trump-like character, and why he believes “Breaking Bad” is the greatest TV show of all time.

Flannery O’Connor was a great writer of literature, but was she also a political figure? That’s the claim of Henry T. Edmondson III, editor of A Political Companion to Flannery O’Connor.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Edmondson explains why people still enjoy O’Connor’s work today, why conservatives hold her in special regard, and how she and Russell Kirk shared a concern over “misguided humanitarianism.” For those new to O’Connor, Edmondson also suggests a couple of places to start reading.

In his new book, False Black Power?, Jason L. Riley says that the civil-rights movement made a mistake when it choose political advancement over economic opportunity.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Riley explains why the political success of African Americans hasn’t translated into gains in human capital, what black politics should aim to accomplish in the 21st century, and why he put a question mark in his book’s title.