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Author Peter James And Sidekick Track Seaside Crime

Working closely with a former detective, James still goes out with Brighton police to gather material for his work about an English city with a rich criminal history.
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'American Dream,' Betrayed By Bad Economic Policy

Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele say a government commitment to free trade and an indifference to offshoring of jobs has crippled the middle class. And, they say, that situation is unlikely to change, no matter who wins this year's presidential election.
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A Story Of Ancient Power In 'The Rise of Rome'

In the new book, The Rise of Rome, author Anthony Everitt tracks Rome's ascension from a small market town to the greatest empire in the ancient world. Along the way, he traces the rise of some of the ancient world's most powerful players.
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Murderous 'Thugs' From India To London

Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Tabish Khair about The Thing About Thugs, his new novel about the myths of murderous Indian cult of "thugees."
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In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

For the past 25 years, Chip Kidd has made a name for himself as a top book designer. His designs have helped transform books into visual icons. But in the brave new world of e-books, where covers are often shrunk to thumbnail sketches on a screen, will beautifully designed covers become a dying art?
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The Thomas Eagleton Affair Haunts Candidates Today

In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern chose the young senator as his running mate. Just 18 days later, Eagleton was forced to drop out. The incident forever changed the way presidential candidates pick their No. 2s.
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Randy Cohen: "Be Good: How To Navigate The Ethics Of Everything"

The original writer of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine reflects on recurring themes during the 12 years he wrote the column.

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Reviews: 'The Fallen Angel' And 'A Foreign Country'

Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the latest Daniel Silva novel, The Fallen Angel, and a new one by British spy writer Charles Cumming called A Foreign Country are just for reading this summer. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

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