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Soviet occupation, 1979-1989

Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan by Gregory Feifer. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 27, 2009The Photographer is an unusual graphic novel that combines photos and illustrations to tell the story of a photojournalist's harrowing trip to Afghanistan with a medical team from Doctors Without Borders.
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Jun 19, 2009 — Looking to cozy up with some good books? Librarian Nancy Pearl has some great suggestions. Her list includes a somber, genre-defying graphic novel about Doctors Without Borders volunteers, and a whimsical first novel about a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan.
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Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.
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Jan 8, 2009 — The common view of the Soviet war in Afghanistan was that it was a Soviet territorial grab. But the truth was much more confused, says Gregory Feifer, NPR's Moscow correspondent. He is the author of The Great Gamble, a new history of that conflict.
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Apr 6, 2006 — Statements from al-Qaida mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed detailing the inner workings of the terrorist group played a key role in the trial of convicted terror conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Madeleine Brand discusses those statements with Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.
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Apr 4, 2005 — The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal each win two Pulitzer Prizes in journalism. Steve Coll wins the non-fiction prize for Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden.
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Apr 4, 2005 — Steve Coll wins the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction for his book Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden. Robert Siegel talks with Coll, former managing editor of The Washington Post.
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