Thomas Jefferson is revered as one of the visionary founding fathers of our country, but his tenure as governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War nearly derailed his legacy. Led by Benedict Arnold, the British took Virginia with relative ease and Jefferson was forced to flee his beloved home. The memories and lessons gleaned from these events had a profound effect on the rest of Jefferson's life. Michael Kranish is a reporter in the Boston Globe's Washington bureau and the author of Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War.
Then, private eye Leonid McGill is a suspect in a murder case in award-winning novelist Walter Mosley's latest book Known to Evil. Translated into over 20 languages, Mosley is best known as the author of the popular Easy Rawlins's detective series. This is Mosley's second novel about McGill, a bad-guy turned good-guy contemporary detective working the means streets of New York City. [Broadcast Date: April 29, 2010]