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'El Narco': The Trade Driving Mexico's Drug War

In his new book, British journalist Ioan Grillo takes a close look at the Mexican drug war, starting with el narco, or the network of drug smugglers who cast a murderous shadow over Mexico.
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New Bio Quotes Jobs On God, Gates And Great Design

Biographer Walter Isaacson draws on more than 40 interviews with the late Apple co-founder in his new book, Steve Jobs. Isaacson describes how Jobs grappled with being adopted, how he became a notoriously demanding boss, and how he fought the cancer that eventually killed him.
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'Deadly Monopolies'? Patenting The Human Body

In a new book, medical ethicist Harriet Washington details how genes and tissues are increasingly being patented by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Those firms, she argues, are focused more on their profits than on the medical needs of patients.
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Products R Us: Are We 'Brandwashed'?

Did you really think the apples you lifted out of a wooden crate at a grocery store came from a local farm? Think again. As Martin Lindstrom explains in his new book, Brandwashed, companies use many tricks to manipulate our minds and persuade us to buy.
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'Jane Austen Made Me Do It,' Authors Claim

The 19th-century novelist with a modern "sense and sensibility" has inspired a new collection of short stories by contemporary authors. Host Scott Simon talks with husband and wife team Frank Delaney and Diane Meier, who penned their contribution to Jane Austen Made Me Do It under the name F.J. Meier.

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