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Insurgency

Dec 20, 2012 — It was a strange and wonderful year for young adult fiction, says critic Maggie Stiefvater. This list rounds up five magical books for young adults and grown-ups alike.
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Nov 27, 2012 — The only thing that these books have in common is that NPR's go-to librarian likes them a lot. Nancy Pearl's self-described "higgledy-piggledy" list includes a book of cartoons, a Civil War history, a coming-of-age story, a spy novel and more.
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Feb 14, 2011 — Matthew Alexander, a pseudonym for the author, was a military interrogator in Iraq who rejected previously used harsh techniques. He writes about how his team hunted down two key al-Qaida operatives in Kill or Capture.
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Dec 13, 2010 — We all know what it's like to escape into a great work of fiction — but it's quite another leap of pleasure to get lost in a truly exotic, alternate-reality world of an author's unique creation. Critic Glen Weldon trips out on the haunted, vivid landscapes of 2010's best speculative fiction.
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May 31, 2010 — Capt. Benjamin Tupper trained Afghan forces, and fought on the ground against the Taliban and their allies. In his book, Greetings From Afghanistan, Send More Ammo, Tupper shares what he learned about Afghan culture, and life as an American soldier.
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Sep 1, 2009 — In her trilogy-in-progress — first The Hunger Games and now Catching Fire — Suzanne Collins blends elements of reality TV with themes from Greek mythology. The resulting books can be shocking — and enthralling.
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Aug 26, 2009 — Read and hear an exclusive, pre-release excerpt of Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire, the follow-up to last year's young adult best-seller The Hunger Games.
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May 13, 2008 — In Defeat, reporter Jonathan Steele contends that the Bush administration, by failing to balance military strategy with cultural sensitivities, was fighting an unwinnable battle from the day it invaded Iraq.
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Apr 9, 2008 — George Packer, author of The Assassin's Gate, says he doesn't think the tactical changes suggested by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, who wrote War and Decision, would have made a fundamental difference in the war.
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Feb 21, 2008 — The cease-fire that's kept Shiite militias in check for months is in danger of unraveling. And some U.S.-backed Sunni militias are growing restless. Patrick Cockburn, author and Iraq correspondent for The Independent in London, offers observations on war in Iraq.
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