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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Dec 3, 2012 — Writer Tamim Ansary was born in Afghanistan, and his new book, Games Without Rules, traces the country's turbulent history over the past two centuries. The title refers both to the game played for control of Afghanistan and the popular sport of buzkashi, a sort of chaotic polo played with a goat carcass.
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Jul 24, 2011 — Like a good summer read, a trip to the Rocky Mountains provides an elevated get-away from the daily grind. Nicole Magistro, owner of The Bookworm in Edwards, Colo., names some of the more popular reads for Vail Valley vacationers this summer.
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Dec 17, 2010 — A new kind of world is taking over — and these writers are a step ahead. Writer Pankaj Mishra picks fiction that provides steady footing in a world that's constantly being reshaped by capitalism and technology.
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Oct 20, 2010 — In Our Kind of Traitor, former British intelligence officer John le Carre uses his unmatched knowledge of crime and psychology to spin a smooth and satisfying spy thriller about multinational money laundering and greed.
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Oct 8, 2010 — For his 22nd novel, celebrated author and former intelligence officer John le Carre found inspiration in a real Russian criminal. Our Kind Of Traitor details the shady activities of a crime lord named Dima operating in Moscow's underworld of dirty money.
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Nov 16, 2009 — Writer Kevin Baker says he never thought he'd be "hip enough" to venture into graphic novels. But with illustrator Danijel Zezelj, he has created Luna Park — a ghostly graphic novel set in the decaying amusement parks of Coney Island. It profiles a Russian immigrant plagued by nightmares of the Chechen War.
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Oct 8, 2009 — In his new book, In Afghanistan: Two Hundred Years of British, Russian and American Occupation, David Loyn explores how the country's rugged terrain and rough politics have confounded foreign occupiers.
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May 20, 2009 — Part Russian mafia thriller, part postmodern reflecting pool of sentence fragments and literary allusions, Jose Manuel Prieto's confounding, glimmering Rex celebrates the aesthetic and spiritual power of writing.
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Jul 29, 2008 — For her new short-story collection, Lara Vapnyar revisits New York's Brighton Beach and finds the link between food, memory, love and dreams of the future.
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Jul 21, 2008 — For Stella Rimington, the author of Illegal Action, secret intelligence is second nature; for nearly 30 years, she worked for MI5, Britain's domestic intelligence agency, rising through the ranks to become the first woman appointed director general.
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