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Award-winning author Margaret Atwood calls her latest novel “speculative” fiction. The book is the third in a dystopian trilogy about what happens to a small group of survivors after a plague wipes out most of humanity. Like her other novels, “The Handmaids Tale” and “Oryx and Crake,” her book is a cautionary tale about the future. Atwood creates a world rooted in environmental decay where a huge corporation acts as the government, with its employees living in fortified compounds while the vast underclass is overrun with violent gangs. Diane talks to Atwood about why she doesn’t consider her latest novel science fiction.
Excerpt from "MaddAddam" by Margaret Atwood. Copyright 2013 by Margaret Atwood. Reprinted here by permission of Nan A. Talese. 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.