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Larsen, Randell
"Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America"


Retired Air Force Col. Randy Larsen is director of The Institute for Homeland Security, and a CBS News consultant.

His new book, "Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America" covers the full range of homeland security issues, "from the Oval Office, to the front office, down to your kitchen table."

To read an excerpt of "Our Own Worst Enemy," click here.

To watch Larsen's appearance on The Early Show, .



Stephen Fried
"Husbandry: Sex, Love And Dirty Laundry -- Inside the Minds of Married Men"


Ladies Home Journal columnist Stephen Fried tries to help women understand why men behave the way they do in his new book, "Husbandry: Sex, Love and Dirty Laundry: Inside the Minds of Married Men."

"Husbandry" is a collection of 31 of Fried's columns for Ladies Home Journal. He's the first male columnist in the magazine's 100-plus years. The columns try to demystify men/husbands for women.

To watch Fried's appearance on The Early Show, click here.

To read an excerpt of "Husbandry," click here.



Director, Roger
"I Dream in Blue: Life, Death, and the New York Giants"


Screenwriter and TV producer Roger Director put his life on hold to chase a boyhood fantasy, living with his favorite football team for six months. His book about it is called "I Dream in Blue: Life, Death, and the New York Giants." He went to training camp, all the games and their one playoff game in the 2006-2007 season, and got to spend time with the players off the field.

To see Director's interview on The Early Show, click here.

To read an excerpt of "I Dream in Blue," click here.



Szabo, Ross
"Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health - A Guide for Young Adults


Ross Szabo knows about what it was like to feel unrelenting stress and smothering depression as a teenager. He came close to suicide when he was still in high school, then discovered he had bipolar disorder.

After a few false starts, Szabo was able to finish college and is now on the lecture circuit, talking to students about mental health. He has also written a book, "Behind Happy Faces," that tells his story of fear and isolation. He also offers advice to students and their parents how to survive difficult times.

To read an excerpt of "Behind Happy Faces," click here.

To watch Szabo's appearance on The Early Show, .



Abagnale, Frank
"Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan"


When Frank Abagnale was a young man, he became a con man. He was so good at it, a movie was made about him: "Catch Me If You Can," starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Today, Abagnale helps the FBI and companies around the world keep their private information secure.

And he tries to help you do the same with his new book, "Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan."

To read an excerpt from Abagnale's book, click here.


Andersen, Christopher
"After Diana: William, Harry, Charles And The Royal House of Windsor"


How did Prince Charles feel when Diana died? Why did the princess predict her own death? Is Prince Harry really Charles's son?

A new book by Christopher Andersen called "After Diana: William, Harry, Charles And The Royal House of Windsor" tries to shed some light on the questions all devoted royal watchers want to know the answers to.

Read an excerpt of the book here.


Barnes, Diana Lynn
Balber, Leigh
"The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters"


Parenthood is a little different for everyone so, if you're having a baby, there's no one way you're supposed to feel, according to psychotherapist Diana Barnes.

She's co-author of "The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality, and What Really Matters," a guide for new parents.

Everyone's feelings are completely normal, the book says, whether or not parents feel free to admit them. It's even OK to resent the big change, the book adds.

"Journey to Parenthood" gives the lowdown on how many new parents really feel about the "blessed" event.

To read an excerpt of "The Journey to Parenthood,"click here.

For more on the book, go to this address.


Bernstein, Carl
"A Woman in Charge"


Carl Bernstein's new book, "A Woman in Charge," examines the major factors in Hillary Clinton's life that have helped her make a successful run for the Senate and now have her as a front-runner in the race to the White House.

Bernstein worked on the book for seven years and delves deep into her life. He said that she is one of the most well-known women who people don't really know.

Read an excerpt of the book to learn more about her.


Biden, Joe
"Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics"


Joe Biden knows a thing or two about politics.

He's been representing Delaware in the Senate for 34 years, and is in the midst of his second run for the White House.

But Biden is also very familiar with the toughest lessons of life.

He writes about it all in his new memoir, "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics."

To read an excerpt of "Promises To Keep," click here.


Bing, Stanley
"Crazy Bosses"


If you think your boss is a bully, or a wimp, or just plain nuts, you are definitely not alone.

Fortune magazine columnist and workplace guru Stanley Bing claims all bosses are insane.

His new book, "Crazy Bosses," contains advice on how to handle them.

Bing is actually Gil Schwartz, CBS executive vice president of corporate communications.

To read an excerpt of "Crazy Bosses," click here.

To go to Bing's blog, click here.


Boggs, Bill
"Got What It Takes?: Successful People Reveal How They Made It to the Top"


Have you ever wondered why some people are so successful?

In a new book called "Got What It Takes?: Successful People Reveal How They Made It to the Top" Emmy award-winning talk show host Bill Boggs, asked 44 influential people - including Renee Zellweger, Donald Trump and Early Show chef Bobby Flay - what they did to attain success.

Boggs, who is currently hosting "Simon's Super Chefs Live" on the Food Network, has worked in television for more than 25 years and has interviewed thousands of celebrities. He hoped that writing this book would explain to him what sets certain people apart.

Read an excerpt of the book , here

Learn more about the book by going to this site: www.gotwhatittakes.net.


Brown, Tina
"The Diana Chronicles"


Ten years after Princess Diana's death, people are still fascinated with the woman who came to be known as "The People's Princess."

And if you think you're up on everything about her, Tina Brown says there's still plenty that's gone unreported - until now.

The former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker followed Diana from the very beginning of her time in the spotlight, and Brown's new biography, "The Diana Chronicles," traces Diana's life from childhood through her tragic end in a car crash in a French tunnel. It includes many details previously unknown to the public.

To read an excerpt of "The Diana Chronicles," click here.


Califano, Joseph
"High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It"


Thirty years ago, then-Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano declared smoking "public health enemy No. 1."

Now, the longtime public health advocate says we need to take a closer look at all types of addiction.

His new book, "High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It," spells out how much we all have to pay because of substance abuse. It is a call for action to help substance abusers.

For much more on the book, and the problem, click here.

To read an excerpt, click here.


Crandell, Susan
"Thinking About Tomorrow: Reinventing Yourself at Midlife"


When someone has a midlife crisis, it usually suggests he or she is worried about running out of time in life.

But author Susan Crandell says it's never too late to fulfill your dreams.

Her new book, "Thinking About Tomorrow: Reinventing Yourself at Midlife" is a guide to just that, and maintains it's never too late to pursue a better life.

In the book, Crandell profiles 45 men and women who have successfully reinvented themselves at midlife. She refers to it as "turning the midlife crisis on its head."

To read an excerpt of "Thinking About Tomorrow," click here.


Dodman, Dr. Nicholas
Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
"Puppy's First Steps: The Whole-Dog Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Puppy"


Every year, 9 million Americans get a new puppy.

Many are first-time owners who need a comprehensive guide to puppy care.

It's provided by veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, who worked with the faculty of Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to create the new book, "Puppy's First Steps: The Whole-Dog Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Puppy."

The book highlights the importance of a humane, holistic, reward-based approach to training. The whole-dog approach looks at a puppy from all angles, including training, behavior and health care.

To read an excerpt of "Puppy's First Steps," click here.


Geist, Bill
"Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America"


For 20 years, correspondent Bill Geist has delivered offbeat stories from some way off-the-beaten-path places for CBS News Sunday Morning.

He does it with his trademark deadpan and warmly humorous style.

Now, Geist has taken some of his favorites and put them in a book, "Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America." It chronicles standout tales of eccentric Americans he's come across and of misadventures he's had in all that time crisscrossing the country.

To read an excerpt of "Way Off the Road," click here.

To read CBS News Sunday Morning coverage of Geist's book, click here.


Givens, Robin
"Grace Will Lead Me Home"


Actress Robin Givens' eight-month marriage to boxer Mike Tyson in 1988 was a tabloid train wreck -- it produced a steady stream of outrageous front-page stories. In her new memoir, Givens tries to make sense of that relationship and the effect it had on the rest of her life.

To read an excerpt of "Grace Will Lead Me Home," click here.


Glassman, Keri
"The Snack Factor Diet: The Secret to Losing Weight - by Eating MORE"


According to health statistics, 60 percent of Americans are overweight. But nutritionist Keri Glassman believes knowing the right snacks to eat can make us thinner and healthier.

She says most people make one of two mistakes: either they don't eat the right snacks, or they don't eat snacks at all.

In her new book, "The Snack Factor Diet: The Secret to Losing Weight - by Easting MORE," she gives advice on how to choose the right snacks as part of a healthy, effective weight-loss plan.

To read an excerpt of her book, click here.


Gore, Al
"The Assault on Reason"


Former Vice President Al Gore asserts it's time to act, to save American democracy as we know it.

In his new book, "The Assault on Reason," he argues that the foundations of the republic are threatened by today's politics of fear, as practiced by the Bush administration.

The book's subtitle sheds more light on its contents: "How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril."

To read an excerpt of "The Assault on Reason," click here.


Gould, Dr. Roger
"Shrink Yourself: Break Free From Emotional Eating Forever"


"Comfort food" is just that, comforting, when we're going through a tough time.

But psychiatrist Dr. Roger Gould says that kind of emotional eating is bad for your body and your spirit.

He shows us how to have a healthier relationship with food in his new book, "Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever."

To read an excerpt of "Shrink Yourself," click here.


Huffnagle, Gary B.
Wernick, Sarah
"The Probiotics Revolution: The Definitive Guide to Safe, Natural Health Solutions Using Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods and Supplements"


There are good and bad bacteria inside everyone, and the good ones are called probiotics.

They protect our health, and you can help them by eating the right foods.

Gary Huffnagle, Ph.D., a professor of pulmonary medicine at the University of Michigan, co-authored "The Probiotics Revolution," which spells out how you can give them a hand.

Huffnagle says a staggering amount of research has been done in the past few years confirming that probiotics are essential for our health. Probiotics occur naturally in our intestines and in foods such as yogurt, aged cheese, and fermented foods. They're also in supplements.

To read an excerpt of "The Probiotics Revolution," click here.


Iacocca, Lee
"Where Have All The Leaders Gone?"


As the straight-talking CEO who rose to fame heading Ford and saved Chrysler from bankruptcy in the 1980s, Lee Iacocca became a corporate icon - the best pitchman any car company ever had.

In one famous commercial, he said: "If you can find a better car, buy it."

Then 15 years ago, after Frank Sinatra serenaded him at a lavish goodbye party, Iacocca moved to California and slipped quietly into retirement.

"I get a little bit more mellow ... well, sometimes. Maybe that's a wrong word," he told CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason.

He's not mellow at all in his new book, "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" The straight-shooting Iacocca is back taking aim at overpaid CEOs and his successors at Chrysler. He also aims for the top and attacks the White House. On page one he writes, "We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff."

To read an excerpt of Iacocca's book, click here.


James, Sara
Mauney, Ginger
"The Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents, and One Enduring Friendship"


Sometimes, the most unlikely people become best friends.

Sara James is a network news correspondent in New York City, while Ginger Mauney is a wildlife filmmaker who lives 6,000 miles away.

They explain their unshakeable 30-year connection in a new book, "The Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents, and One Enduring Friendship."

To read an excerpt of "The Best of Friends," click here. The excerpt is Copyright 2007 by Sara James and Ginger Mauney, All Rights Reserved.


Landis, Floyd
"Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France"


Last year's Tour de France winner Floyd Landis says he's done everything he could think of to persaude the world that he didn't use illegal substances to help him win the grueling bike race.

He just published a book, in which he tries to further his cause, called "Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France."

To read an excerpt of "Positively False," click here.

"Positively False" is published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a division of Simon & Schuster, which is part of the CBS Corporation, as is CBSNews.com.


Lessig, Minna
"Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom: Tighten and Tone Your Body in as Little as 10 Minutes a Day"


If you're wondering how much working out you have ahead to get in shape for swimsuit season, fitness expert Minna Lessig's answer is - only 10 minutes a day.

She offers simple exercises in her new book and DVD, "Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom," and she demonstrated several on The Early Show.

To read an excerpt of "Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom," click here.

Lessig used Bosu balls in some of the exercises. For more on them, click here and here.


Litvinenko, Marina
Goldfarb, Alex
"Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB"


When former Soviet KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died last November, it quickly got the world's attention.

The way he died, and the twists and turns that unfolded before his death, were something right out of a spy novel.

Litvinenko's widow, Marina Litvinenko, and his close friend, Alex Goldfarb, have written a book called "Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB."

The book has the full story of Litvinenko's life and death, from what he was investigating to their views on who killed him and why someone wanted him dead. It names names, explains why Litvinenko broke with Moscow and revealed some of the biggest secrets of Russia's secret service.

To read an excerpt of "Death of a Dissident," click here.

"Death of a Dissident" is published by The Free Press, which is part of Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CBS, as is CBSNews.com.


Ludwig, Dr. David
"Ending the Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/Fake Food World"


Most of the weight-loss books on the market are designed for adults, and that's bad news for overweight children, since what works for adults doesn't necessarily work for kids.

But Dr. David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life program at Children's Hospital in Boston, has age-appropriate advice for these kids and their families in his new book, "Ending the Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/Fake Food World."

To read an excerpt of "Ending the Food Fight," click here.

To visit the book's official Web site, click here.


Merida, Kevin
Fletcher, Michael A.
"Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas"


Like him or not, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas often sparks heated conversation. He's been a controversial figure ever since his memorable confirmation hearing 16 years ago.

A new book, "Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas," has details on Thomas' life and career that have never been published.

To read an excerpt of "Supreme Discomfort," click here.


Odes, Rebecca
Morris, Ceridwen
"From The Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent"


The moment a woman reveals that she is pregnant, she becomes a target for advice from well-meaning family, friends, and even strangers.

All that advice can leave a mother-to-be very uncertain.

But a new book called "From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent" promises to help you find your own style of motherhood, your comfort zone, the one that works for you.

To read an excerpt of "From the Hips," click here.


Pasternack, David
"The Young Man and the Sea"


David Pasternack knows plenty about seafood.

He's executive chef of the famed seafood restaurant Esca in Manhattan, which just got three-stars from The New York Times.

His first cookbook, "The Young Man and the Sea," is full of seafood cooking secrets and recipes, and his love of seafood shines through the book's pages.

To get some recipes from "The Young Man and the Sea," click here.


Pearlstine, Norman
"Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources"


Norman Pearlstine knows a lot about the Libby case.

As editor in chief of Time, Inc., he agreed to give a reporter's notes on the story to investigators, causing a storm of controversy.

He explains why he did it in his new book, "Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources."

Pearlstine said he came away from all that believing that journalists misuse anonymous sources, and are far too casual in the ways in which we grant confidentiality.

To read an excerpt of "Off the Record,", click here.


Reagan, Ronald
"The Reagan Diaries"


The late president Ronald Reagan was known as the great communicator and now we get to see why in the book "The Reagan Diaries," published by Harper Collins.

Visitors to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., lined up to be the first to buy the book, which is made up of personal entries he kept almost every day during his eight years in office. It's a very revealing account of his presidency and his relationships with wife Nancy, his kids and the American people.

Douglas Brinkley, the book's editor, is also an in-house historian for CBS News. He said he was amazed that the president wrote in the diaries everyday.

Click here and here to read excerpts of "The Reagan Diaries."

For more information on "The Reagan Diaries" read The Couric & Co. Blog.


Reilly, Rick
"Hate Mail From Cheerleaders And Other Adventures From The Life of Reilly"


"Hate Mail" is a collection of columns from award-winning Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly.

To read an excerpt of "Hate Mail from Cheerleaders," click here and here.


Ritchie, Tori
"Braises and Stews: Everyday Slow-Cooked Recipes"


If you thought the cooking technique known as braising was limited to slow-cooking meat dishes during cold weather, you're in for a pleasant surprise!

Braising is versatile cooking method that's useful all year, and perfect for fish and vegetable dishes, not just meat, according to cookbook author and cooking teacher Tori Ritchie.

She explained on The Early Show, and shared three recipes calling for meat, fish and/or veggie from her latest cookbook, "Braises and Stews: Everyday Slow-Cooked Recipes."

To get some recipes from "Braises and Stews: Everyday Slow-Cooked Recipes," click here.


Schwab, Christine
"The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style: A Maintenance Bible for Fashion, Beauty, and More"


Turning 40, 50, and 60 isn't about getting older, but getting better, according to author Christine Schwab.

Her book, "The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style: A Maintenance Bible for Fashion, Beauty, and More" dispenses her modern outlook on aging, along with beauty and fashion tips to help you look your best.

To read an excerpt of "The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style," click here.


Steinberg, David
"The Book of David"


David Steinberg has been a big name in comedy for over 40 years.

He made his reputation as a performer, second only, for instance, to Bob Hope in the number of appearances on "The Tonight Show" when Johnny Carson hosted. Eventually, he turned to directing episodes of comedies such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You."

Now, Steinberg tells his life story in "The Book of David," which he discussed on The Early Show.

The book's publisher, Simon & Schuster, says its "outrageous humor intersects with autobiography, as Steinberg imagines his life as a play on the Old Testament. Owing to the nature of the narrative, it is difficult at times to decipher fiction from nonfiction; footnotes often provide the only insight to the true story. Groucho Marx, Lenny Bruce, and other notables make brief appearances, but the main characters are God and a frequently sexually preoccupied Steinberg. While this is not a book for readers who enjoy standard autobiographies or those seeking the details of Steinberg's life, fans may expect -- and even desire -- such an unusual and clever creation."

To read an excerpt of "The Book of David," click here.

Simon and Schuster is owned by the CBS Corporation, as is CBSNews.com.


Strauss, Elisa
"The Confetti Cakes Cookbook"


If you love to bake, Elisa Strauss is someone to turn to.

The founder and head designer of New York's Confetti Cakes (www.confetticakes.com) is well-known for her unique, imaginative, whimsical dessert creations.

Her new cookbook, "The Confetti Cakes Cookbook," is full of recipes, tips and tricks for her elaborate treats.

To get some recipes from "The Confetti Cakes Cookbook," click here.


Talbot, David
"Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years"


Four decades after the Kennedy presidency, Salon.com founder David Talbot has written a haunting book called "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years." It brings to life one of the most tumultuous periods in American history and examines questions that remain unanswered to this day.

Talbot spent three years on the book and said it was an emotional experience because he spoke to people who devoted their lives to the Kennedy brothers and saw those two men as the way to change the world - and at least for a little while, they did, Talbot said.

Click here to read an excerpt.

"Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years" is published by Simon & Schuster's Free Press which is owned by CBS. To read an excerpt just log on to our "Early Show" website at CBSNews.com.

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