As many as 12 million computers worldwide have been infected with a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker. Writer Mark Bowden details how Conficker was discovered, how it works, and the ongoing programming battle to bring down Conficker in his book Worm: The First Digital World War.
In Killing Lincoln, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard explore the life, death and legacy of America's 16th president. "I think Abraham Lincoln would be proud of his country today," O'Reilly says.
Critics originally described it as a "housewife's choice" when it won the Booker Prize in 1987, but the feisty female protagonist in Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger is a "little wife" to no one. Author Moni Mohsin explains why the unexpected verve of this novel is worth its weight in pages.
Many veterans say writing about war helps them confront the emotions they carry. The Missouri Warrior Writers Project is working to compile those service members' stories in the anthology Holding Each Elephant's Tail: Voices from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
In 2009, Peter Van Buren joined a team working to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and economy. For the next year, he encountered comically misguided projects, greedy contractors and oblivious bureaucrats. In his new book, We Meant Well, he recounts the ground-level waste and corruption he saw.
The clock is ticking and there are only a few hours left before this round of our Three-Minute Fiction writing contest closes. All stories must be submitted by 11:59 Eastern Time tonight. Our Round 7 judge, Danielle Evans, issued this challenge: One character must come to town and one character must leave town. For the full rules go to npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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