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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 16, 2014

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Dan Nailen previews the upcoming show by former Blasters members and brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, and Betsy Burton reviews “A Colder War” by Charles Cumming – a novel of the new cold war – of Russia and Eastern Europe, of spies and moles and honey traps, of complex relationships not just between East and West but among allies on both sides.

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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