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No Rules In The Great 'Game' Of Afghan Politics

Writer Tamim Ansary was born in Afghanistan, and his new book, Games Without Rules, traces the country's turbulent history over the past two centuries. The title refers both to the game played for control of Afghanistan and the popular sport of buzkashi, a sort of chaotic polo played with a goat carcass.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Helps His New 'Bud' Superman Get A Glimpse Of Home

The Hayden Planetarium director and pop-culture go-to science guy offered expert advice on how Superman could watch the destruction of Krypton.
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'Bartholomew Biddle': A Writer's 15-Year Adventure

Gary Ross has penned and directed big Hollywood hits like Big, Pleasantville and The Hunger Games. For years, though, his obsession has been the story of one little boy.
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No Mystery: Agatha Christie Takes A 'Grand Tour'

Before Agatha Christie wrote Death on the Nile or Murder on the Orient Express, she took her own, less perilous, journey around the world in 1922. Her grandson Mathew Prichard has now published a volume of her letters and photographs from the trip.
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Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures

There are songs, and then there are anthems. Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is a popular power anthem now, but almost never saw light of day. In his new book, music journalist Alan Light charts the unlikely rise of the song through countless weddings, funerals and in film and television.

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