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A Reporter Covers 2 Decades of Tumult in the Middle East

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"And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East" (Simon & Schuster), by Richard Engel Regular viewers of television's evening news are sure to have seen video of Richard Engel delivering narratives as he dodges bullets, bombs and artillery barrages while reporting on the latest conflicts in the Middle East. Over the past two decades, the boyish-looking reporter for NBC News has emerged as perhaps the most familiar face that Am... more

How Our Weapons Are Created

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When Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at a holiday office party in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, they were armed with a veritable arsenal: a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 assault rifle, a DPMS Panther Arms assault rifle, a Springfield Armory 9mm handgun and a Llama 9mm handgun. In the wake of the killings, there was lot of talk about where the killers may have bought their weapons. (The New York Times, for example, keeps a running t... more

Britain's Secret Agent in the Heart of Dixie During the Civil War

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OUR MAN IN CHARLESTON: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South By Christopher Dickey (Crown Publishing Group, $27, 400 pp.) CHRISTOPHER Dickey makes a compelling argument that if it wasn't for efforts of an accidental spy, the American Civil War could have escalated into a trans-Atlantic conflagration. Through careful research of American and British archives, along with close scrutiny of personal correspondence between representatives... more

'Charlie Mike': Soldiers Keep Serving after War

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Stories about America's servicemen and women often focus on their valor and sacrifice in combat. Recently, YouTube videos have celebrated happy reunions of military moms and dads with their children. Other times, veterans return home to find unemployment, broken families and a slide into substance abuse. Charlie Mike, A True Story of War and Finding the Way Home is none of those. Joe Klein's book instead tells what happens after the battle... more

Three Things I Learned About Courage From Interviewing Our Troops

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Courage. It’s one of those noble qualities we all want. But what is courage? What traits do courageous people share? Is courage something that can be learned? During the course of researching and writing my book, Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, I was fortunate to interview a number of soldiers, sailors, and Marines who epitomize courage. Each of the heroes profiled in Valor endured a harrowing experience, in w... more

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