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In A 'Dream,' Lincoln Checks In On State Of The Union

In Abe Lincoln's Dream, the 16th president wants to know how the nation is doing since the Civil War. Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator Lane Smith says he was inspired by stories of Lincoln's real dreams. "He had premonitions," Smith says. "He was haunted by his dreams."
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Technology Helps Track A Terrorist In 'The Finish'

Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden's new book outlines the changes in warfare since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the way our increasing computational power has helped capture terrorists like Osama bin Laden.
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A Startling Gap Between Us And Them In 'Plutocrats'

Reuters editor Chrystia Freeland traveled the world, interviewing multimillionaires and billionaires for her new book, Plutocrats. She says there's a startling disconnect between those at the very top and the rest of us — one that has the power to transform society in unfortunate ways.
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Some Book! 'Charlotte's Web' Turns 60

E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.
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Traveling The World Brings Andrew McCarthy Home

Former teen heartthrob Andrew McCarthy heads around the world to confront his own issues on intimacy and commitment in his new memoir, The Longest Way Home.
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Word Wars And The 'Story Of Ain't'

Writer David Skinner tells Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin about the creation of the dictionary commonly known as "Webster's Third." Its full title is Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. The dictionary was published in 1961, and immediately caused a frenzy with its newfangled approach to language. Skinner's book is called The Story of Ain't.
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Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

The musician and educator spent six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. His experience forms the basis of a new book, The Gershwins and Me, in which he explores George and Ira's work and influence.

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