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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Early works to 1800

Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
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Mar 27, 2008 — Machiavellian. Decades before The Prince was translated into English, the author's name entered the lexicon as a synonym for political scheming. But was Machiavelli a schemer — or a satirist?
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Oct 23, 2007 — Author Christopher Hitchens discusses how philosopher Thomas Paine's writings influenced human rights and the French and American revolutions. He says Paine's accessible rhetoric was key to his widespread influence.
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Aug 8, 2007 — The dialogues of Plato's The Republic are regarded as the first great texts on political and moral theory. Philosopher Simon Blackburn has written a new book about The Republic, gently reminding those of us who have forgotten why it remains so important.
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Dec 13, 2004 — Historian and theologian Arthur Green has long studied Jewish religion and culture. Author of many books, his latest is A Guide to the Zohar, an overview of modern studies of kabbalah's origins.
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