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'Drift': Rachel Maddow On Why We Go To War

In her new book, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow invokes Thomas Jefferson to argue for limited government — at least in the case of the military. She argues that sometimes we got to war because we've invested so much in military strength.
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'Birdseye': The Frozen Food Revolution

Before locavores and the "slow food" movement, one man's invention radically transformed how (and what) we eat. In his new book, Mark Kurlansky shows us the curious, roving mind that made TV dinners possible.
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'Bring Up The Bodies': Taking Down Anne Boleyn

Hilary Mantel is the Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall. The next installment of her trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell is titled Bring Up the Bodies. It tells the story of Cromwell's part in the massive coup that took down Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn. Host Scott Simon speaks with the author.
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The U.S. Ambassador Inside Hitler's Berlin

William Dodd served for four years as the ambassador to Germany before resigning — after repeated clashes with both Nazi Party officials and the State Department. Erik Larson chronicles Dodd's time in Berlin in his new book, In the Garden of Beasts.
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How The Valdez Oil Spill Shaped ExxonMobil

Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll about his new book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power. In it, Coll delves into the business model of one of the country's largest and most profitable corporations. He explores how the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 shaped the culture at the company for years to come.
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ExxonMobil: A 'Private Empire' On The World Stage

In Private Empire, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., concerning issues like climate change.

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