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Book reviews and concert previews brought to you by Betsy Burton, co-owner of The King's English Bookshop, and Austen Diamond, producer of 13% Salt. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during NPR's Weekend Edition.

Books & Beats: August 2, 2014

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Dan Nailen previews the upcoming show by rockabilly hepcat Chris Isaak, and Betsy Burton reviews Ben Macintyre’s “A Spy Among Friends,” (Crown) which tells the story of British agent Kim Philby, the master spy who double-crossed the double crossers during World War II.

Betsy Burton is the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop and Dan Nailen blogs about music and culture at

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