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Book News: Margaret Thatcher Authorized A Posthumous Biography

Also: Christopher Hitchens on being spanked by the "Iron Lady"; Victoria Beale skewers Paulo Coelho; and Robert Silvers on the meaninglessness of the phrase "in terms of."
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In 1976, Detroit's 'The Bird' Captivated A Nation

David Greene talks with Doug Wilson about his new book The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych. The Tiger's pitcher got the nickname because of his resemblance to the Sesame Street character.
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'Way Of The Knife' Explains CIA Shift From Spying To Killing

After a Senate investigation in 1975, the CIA moved away from assassinations and returned to its original mandate, spying. But as New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti explains in his new book, the Sept. 11 attacks led the CIA back to the business of manhunting.
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Carol Burnett: "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story"

Even after The Carol Burnett Show ended its 11-year run, Carol Burnett did anything but slow down. She starred on television and performed on Broadway. Burnett also wrote a play with her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, which opened in 2002. But...

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The 'Alchemists' Who Control The Purse Strings Of The Economy

In a new book, Washington Post economics writer Neil Irwin looks at an elite group of policymakers from around the world who manage the money supply, and explains how money can come from — and disappear into — thin air based on the decisions of these influential men and women.
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Book News: Chile Prepares To Exhume Pablo Neruda's Remains

Also: The EU approves the merger between Penguin and Random House; Lemony Snicket describes the dangers of mayonnaise; and the best books coming out this week.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Ring On Display At Estate's Exhibit

J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy Lord of the Rings is filled with fantastical stories of elves, hobbits and wizards. But the ring at the center of his tale may have been inspired by a real ring. Owners of The Vyne, an English estate, say they possess the ring that inspired Tolkien's "ring of power."
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Stories Of 'Outside The Wire' Give An Insider's View Of War

In some ways, Christine Dumaine Leche's writing class was just like any other — there were backpacks, rough drafts, class discussions. But her classroom was on an air base in Afghanistan, and her students were active soldiers. She's collected their work in a new book called Outside The Wire.

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