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Franzen Tackles Suburban Parenting In 'Freedom'

Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom was called "a masterpiece" by Time Magazine and received rave reviews from critics. Franzen talks about the runaway success of his previous novel The Corrections, and the strong reaction elicited by Freedom.
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'Hark!': From DNA To JFK, A Comic Take On History

Joe Kennedy lectures burping baby Ted on political ambition while teenagers Joe Jr. and John wrestle for the presidency. Cartoonist Kate Beaton irreverently recasts history and classic literature in her new book, Hark! A Vagrant.
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'Retirement Heist': How Firms Trimmed Pensions

As companies have moved away from traditional pension plans, they've been shifting employees to 401(k)s that transfer the cost — and the risk — to workers. Companies have claimed for years that old-style pensions were unsustainable. But author Ellen Schultz says the shift has helped firms boost their bottom lines.
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The 'Worm' That Could Bring Down The Internet

As many as 12 million computers worldwide have been infected with a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker. Writer Mark Bowden details how Conficker was discovered, how it works, and the ongoing programming battle to bring down Conficker in his book Worm: The First Digital World War.
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For One 'Wiseguy,' A Permanent Place In Mobster Lore

Wiseguy author Nicholas Pileggi shares the back story on Henry Hill — the central figure in the sensational mob tale that became the film GoodFellas.
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Bill O'Reilly: 'Abraham Lincoln Was Our Best Leader'

In Killing Lincoln, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard explore the life, death and legacy of America's 16th president. "I think Abraham Lincoln would be proud of his country today," O'Reilly says.

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