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For the August Readers’ Review, we chose Scott Turow's "Presumed Innocent." A legal thriller published in 1987, it became an instant best seller. The Hollywood movie came out three years later, starring Harrison Ford as Rusty Sabich. He's a prosecuting attorney who finds himself accused of murdering a beautiful female co-worker. Readers don't learn until the very end whether Sabich is guilty. Along the way, the novel provides keen insights into how politics and personalities can shape a criminal trial. Join Diane and her guests as they discuss "Presumed Innocent."
Excerpt from "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow. Copyright 2011 by Scott Turow. Reprinted here by permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.
By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.