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'A Kim Jong-Il Production' is a Fascinating Tale

This photo provided by Flatiron Books/Macmillan shows the cover of the book, "A Kim Jong-Il Production," by author, Paul Fischer. (AP Photo/Flatiron Books/Macmillan)

"A Kim Jong-Il Production" ( Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul Fischer Here's an easy one: North Korea's Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country to remake a tepid film industry with dreams of international glory. Of course you should read this. People interested in North Korea have been having a book bona... more

New Book Tells Story of Revolutionary War Hero John Stark

A statue of Gen. John Stark is seen on the Statehouse lawn Thursday Feb. 26, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Stark’s Live Free or Die quote grace New Hampshire’s license plates, but few outside of New England know who the revolutionary war hero is.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — His words grace New Hampshire's license plates — "Live Free or Die" — yet most people outside New England would be hard-pressed to identify Gen. John Stark , despite his heroics in two 18th century wars, including key roles in some of the American Revolution's most significant battles. Two brothers hope to enlighten readers with their new book on the Granite State's favorite so... more

In Israel, Biracial German Author Probes Her Nazi Heritage

In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 photo, German author Jennifer Teege poses during the Jerusalem International Book Festival. Tiege is the granddaughter of Amon Goeth, the notoriously cruel camp commander of the Plaszow concentration camp.

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Jennifer Teege stumbled upon a book in a Hamburg library seven years ago, the biracial German woman who was given up for adoption as a child was stunned to discover a deep family secret that shook her to the core. Her maternal grandfather was the brutal SS Commander Amon Goeth , who ran a concentration camp in Plaszow, Poland, in World War II and whose cruelty was so chilli... more

Marvel Comics Debuting All-Female Avengers Team

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The ladies are taking the lead in one of Marvel Comics' top comic book properties, with an all-female Avengers team called "A-Force" debuting as the company intensifies efforts to bring more girls and women into its male-dominated fan base. Not only will the book feature some of Marvel's well-known female heroes, it will be written by two of Marvel's female comic book writers, Marguerite K. Bennett and Willow Wil... more

Biographer of World War I Hero Alvin York Wins $5,000 Prize

Col. Douglas Mastriano, an instructor at the U.S. Army War College, visited Fort Benning April 22 to discuss the life and actions of famed World War I Soldier Alvin York. Mastriano has written a biography of York.

NEW YORK (AP) — A biographer of one of World War I's most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York , has won a $5,000 prize. Officials announced Wednesday that Col. Douglas V. Mastriano won the William E. Colby Award for " Alvin York : A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne." The award, founded in 1999 and presented by Connecticut-based Norwich University, is named for the late ambassador and ... more

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