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Thomas Ricks: "The Generals"

Kojo and veteran military reporter Tom Ricks look at some of U.S. history's top brass, and explore how today's commanders are adapting -- or not -- to the demands of modern warfare.

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Ricks: Firing 'The Generals' To Fight Better Wars?

Thomas Ricks' new book, The Generals, is about what he sees as a decline of American military leadership and accountability. He says that in World War II, generals were held accountable for their lack of success — but that started to change with the Korean War.
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'Sutton': America's 1920s, Bank-Robbing 'Robin Hood'

In his first novel, J.R. Moehringer writes from the point of view of Willie Sutton, whom he calls the "greatest American robber." Moehringer says writing historical fiction helped him deal with the anger he felt toward banks after the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Shirley Sherrod Stands Up To The Politics Of Fear

Shirley Sherrod was forced out of the Department of Agriculture because of a misleading video. An edited clip appeared to show her saying she didn't want to help white farmers save their land. But the entire speech made it clear that Sherrod was actually saying racism is wrong. She talks with host Michel Martin about her book The Courage To Hope.
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With App, Book Brings 'Horrible Hauntings' To Life

Halloween is coming and award-winning author Shirin Yim Bridges' new children's book Horrible Hauntings gives a new terrifying take on famous ghost tales. That includes the Headless Horseman and Bloody Mary, and readers can use apps to play with the ghosts on phones and tablets. She talks about her new book with host Michel Martin.
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Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

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Should 'The Generals' Get Fired More Often?

During World War II, even successful generals could be fired. But after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, no one was fired. A new book from Thomas Ricks examines the changes in our military over the past 60 years.

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