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The Religious Language In U.S. Foreign Policy

Historian Andrew Preston says questions in an undergraduate class he was teaching at the start of the 2003 invasion of Iraq spurred the research for his new book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith. "Once I started looking for religion [in U.S. foreign policy], it was everywhere," he says.
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The Wild And Crazy 'Tweets Of Steve Martin'

Once a social-media skeptic, the legendary funnyman, screenwriter and banjo player now says Twitter is "sort of like heaven." His new book collects his best tweets — and some of the hilarious responses he has received from followers.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica Closes Book On Hard Copies

The Encyclopaedia Britannica has been around since the 18th century and has become a staple of libraries and school classrooms. But now the company has decided to do away with its hard-copy editions and will only publish its content digitally. Robert Siegel talks to Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, about the change.
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'Emancipating Lincoln': A Pragmatic Proclamation

In a new book, historian Harold Holzer explores the carefully calibrated timing and delivery of Lincoln's ultimatum to the rebellious states. Though the proclamation has been criticized as weak, Holzer says that Lincoln did what he had to do to make the order palatable in a perilous time.
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Bad Girls Of History, How Wicked Were They?

Egypt's Cleopatra was called "Serpent of the Nile," and England's Mary Tudor, was called "Bloody Mary." But were these names fair? That's the question editor Shirin Yim Bridges raises in the tween book series, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames. She speaks with host Michel Martin as part of Tell Me More's biography series.
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Bad Girls Of History, How Wicked Were They?

Egypt's Cleopatra was called "Serpent of the Nile," and England's Mary Tudor, was called "Bloody Mary." But were these names fair? That's the question editor Shirin Yim Bridges raises in the tween book series, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames. She speaks with host Michel Martin as part of Tell Me More's biography series.

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