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SEAL Foundation Says It Won't Accept Money From Bin Laden Raid Book

Matt Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL who wrote No Easy Day, reportedly plans to give part of his proceeds from the book to the Navy SEAL Foundation, a non-profit that aids Naval Special Warfare personnel and their families. But the group says it won't accept any money from the book's sales.
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Was Zadie Smith's Novel 'NW' Worth The Wait?

Zadie Smith wrote her last novel On Beauty seven years ago — a long time in the anxious world of publishing. Her new novel NW was released in the U.S. on Monday. Critic Maureen Corrigan asks: Was it worth the wait?
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Pentagon Unhappy With 'No Easy Day,' As Book On Bin Laden Raid Tops Charts

Defense Department officials say that No Easy Day, former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette's book about the secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden, includes classified information that may harm U.S. military operations. The book is currently the bestseller on Amazon.
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An Individualist Approach To The Hebrew Bible

In his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, scholar Yoram Hazony makes the case that the ancient texts are a work of philosophy in narrative form. The scriptures are a cautionary tale — an epic that advocates wariness of great imperial powers and individualism in the face of authority.
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Review: 'The Yellow Birds'

Alan Cheuse reviews Kevin Powers' first novel The Yellow Birds, which is based on his real life experience serving in Iraq.
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Mickey Edwards On Democracy's 'Cancer'

In his new book, The Parties Versus the People, the former Republican congressman says party leaders have too much control over who runs for office, what bills make it to the floor and how lawmakers vote.
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Conservation Biologist Explains Why 'Feathers' Matter

Thor Hanson's new book looks at the evolutionary significance of feathers in birds. Hanson tells Fresh Air that he's amazed by birds' magnitude of feathers, how feathers grow and how they're the "most efficient insulation known."
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'Children Succeed' With Character, Not Test Scores

Author Paul Tough says parents should focus less on SAT and IQ scores, and more on fostering grit, curiosity and character in their kids. He argues that attachment is important in the first few years, but parents need to know when to step back and let their kids learn through trial and error.

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