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Gen. Wesley Clark says Libya doesn't meet the test for U.S. military action

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

In March of 1974, when I was a young Army captain, I was sitting in a conference on civil-military relations at Brown University. Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.) was onstage expounding on the lessons from Vietnam about military interventions. He then stopped and looked right at me and the four West Point...



'Rawhide Down,' a gripping account of the day Reagan was shot

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

In the prologue to " Rawhide Down ," Washington Post reporter Del Quentin Wilber hypothesizes that the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan , and the president's grace and courage in dealing with it, were the catalysts for his eight mostly successful years in office. The public's impression of...



From Charlie Sheen to Reagan nostalgia, the '80s just won't go away

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Columnist on why we can't live with or without the Reagan era



David Broder's decades of political insight, in his own words

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

David S. Broder covered every presidential election since 1968 for The Washington Post. He believed fiercely that the voter had the power and the politician had to serve. Winning required governing, with care and rigor. When those values needed reemphasis, Broder, who died Wednesday at 81, turned to...
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Five myths about Moammar Gaddafi

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Like Sinatra, Moammar Gaddafi has always done things his way. When Egypt- and Tunis-style public protests failed to dislodge the Libyan leader, a full-scale rebellion erupted, only to be met with the uncompromising brutality so familiar to longtime Gaddafi observers. For now, Libya appears...







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Can the United States feed China?

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Environmentalist explains why America will have to feed its rival
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Want to see how the government spends your tax money? Ask for a receipt.

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

and say the IRS should send taxpayers a receipt We're a nation of savvy shoppers, and we expect that details about the products we buy will be readily available to us. Want to know where your pants were made? Look at the label. What about the calorie count for a Big Mac? In many McDonald's, it's...



Would ElBaradei make a good president for Egypt?

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Diplomatic historian on the pros and cons of Egypt's would-be president


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The actor Alan Arkin tells how to live "An Improvised Life" in his memoir of that name.

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

At the outset, this memoir by Alan Arkin - the Oscar-winning character actor, director, author and singer, best known recently for the film "Little Miss Sunshine" - promises to keep the focus on acting, and it does exactly that. You'll find more personal detail about the author in his Wikipedia...


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3 books about the future

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Jet packs! Robot maids! Underwater cities! Where's the future we were promised? Blessedly, none of the following books about the future predicts meals in the form of a pill. That's not a future any of us want to live in.


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Dani Rodrik's "The Globalization Paradox"

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

It is dogma among economists and right-thinking members of the political and business elite that globalization is good and more of it is even better. That is why they invariably view anyone who dissents from this orthodoxy as either ignorant of the logic of comparative advantage or selfishly...


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Maya Jasanoff's "Liberty's Exiles," on British Loyalists after the revolution

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

What happens to people who take the losing side in a revolution or a civil war?
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Jill Bialosky's "History of a Suicide"

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MEMOIR HISTORY OF A SUICIDE My Sister's Unfinished Life




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Thomas E. Kennedy's "Falling Sideways"

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

A year ago Thomas E. Kennedy emerged from undeserved obscurity with the English-language publication of "In the Company of Angels," the first novel in what he calls his "Copenhagen Quartet." An American now in his mid-60s and a longtime resident of Copenhagen, he has been widely published in Euro...
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Book World This Week

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MONDAY | The Trinity Six , by Charles Cumming, is a seductively written thriller about a real British spy ring.


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WASHINGTON BESTSELLERS

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 6, 2011. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2011 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller...






Why the Mideast revolts will help al-Qaeda

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Bin Laden biographer on the new Middle East's old dangers
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Five myths about the Muslim Brotherhood

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Even before Hosni Mubarak gave in to the throngs in Tahrir Square and stepped down as Egypt's president on Feb. 11, officials in Western capitals were debating what role the Muslim Brotherhood would play in a new Egypt and a changing Middle East. Yet much of what we know - or think we know - abou...



Beyonce and Mariah Carey sang for the Gaddafis. Now they're changing their tune.

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Paul Robeson penned a tribute to Stalin. Bob Marley played for Robert Mugabe. And Paul Simon and Queen performed in apartheid-era South Africa. Chart-topping musicians don't just win Grammys and score endorsement deals - they get paid mega-bucks to perform in unsavory places for unsavory people. ...







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The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits. It's about labor's influence.

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Political scientists and explain how weakening unions will gut the middle class


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Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court's privacy cop

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Law professor on the legacy thatJustice Alito is building


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Let Westboro Baptist have their hate speech. We'll smother it with peace.

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

When Westboro Baptist pickets came to her town, was ready for them


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Dana Milbank: How I survived my Palin-free February

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

on surviving a month without Sarah I admit there were doubts in those early days about whether I could make it through all of February without invoking her name. The tremors and sweats were manageable. But I couldn't overcome an abiding terror: What if Sarah Palin announced her presidential bid, ...
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Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST




Jim Steinmeyer's "The Last Greatest Magician in the World"

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Roll over, Houdini, and tell Orson Welles the news: Howard Thurston was the best magician of them all. Or so suggests Jim Steinmeyer, who has had a career of his own in magic, inventing illusions for David Copperfield , Siegfried and Roy , and Welles, a longtime dabbler in magic.


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Gordon Brown's "Beyond the Crash"

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

For a brief, shining moment, the world stood together, and Gordon Brown was its voice. On an April afternoon in 2009, as global markets stared down the abyss and the specter of a second Great Depression loomed, the leaders of 20 major nations gathered in the backrooms of a London convention cente...
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"An Extravagant Hunger," about M.F.K. Fisher

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

FOOD AN EXTRAVAGANT HUNGER The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher


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Bing West's "The Wrong War," on Afghanistan strategy

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

In a new book about the war in Afghanistan, distinguished military affairs writer Bing West argues that hazy objectives, bad political assumptions and a long strategic muddle have burned away whatever structure of success American grunts have built on the battlefield. In this telling, tactical...


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3 books on New York City neighborhoods

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

"I Love New York" is not just a popular ad campaign to promote tourism in the Empire State. It also sums up the affection felt by millions who call the Big Apple home. Three new titles explore the city's diverse neighborhoods, history and charm.


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"Townie," a memoir by Andre Dubus III

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

If you've ever been harassed or hurt by a bully, if you've ever dreamed of revenge, if you've ever crossed the line from dreaming to hitting back and felt a rush of relief and joy as you punished your enemy, then you're going to find a lot that resonates and a lot that disturbs the hell out of you...
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Deb Olin Unferth's 'Revolution'

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MEMOIR R EVOLUTION The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War




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Dominic Sandbrook's "Mad as Hell," on rise of populist right

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Dominic Sandbrook is a young British historian whose first book, the well-received √"Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism" (√2004), established the theme that he now examines on a broader canvas in "Mad as Hell." Taking his title from the famous chant in the √19...
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Book World This Week

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MONDAY | In Keith Thomson's thriller Twice a Spy , one of the heroes is coping with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.√


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Washington Bestsellers

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 27, 2011. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2011 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller...



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Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST




Key to last week's Second Glance (Feb. 27)

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

1. New basket 2. New division 3. Lowered 4. Lost bell
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What so proudly we failed

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

I 've lately been listening to dozens of foreign national anthems to try to understand why ours is so bad. I now know ours could be a lot worse.



Weather beaten

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Ten years ago, I put solar panels on my roof and began eating locally grown food. I bought an energy-efficient refrigerator that uses the power equivalent of a single light bulb. I started heating my home with a stove that burns organically fertilized corn kernels. I even restored a gas-free lawn...


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Could the next Mideast uprising happen in Saudi Arabia?

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Tunisia. Egypt. Yemen. Bahrain. And now the uprising and brutality in Libya. Could Saudi Arabia be next?



'Crazy U,' by Andrew Ferguson, about his family's college admissions experience

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

My daughter's college applications are all in, and now we can quietly go nuts while admissions fairies from coast to coast get busy, as Andrew Ferguson wonderfully puts it, "sprinkling pixie dust and waving wands, dashing dreams or making them come true."
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Gingrich: If it comes to a shutdown, the GOP should stick to its principles

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Washington establishment believes that the government shutdown of 1995 was a disastrous mistake that accomplished little and cost House Republicans politically.



Five myths about liberal academia

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Do red-blooded, hard-working Americans pay thousands of dollars each year to send their children to college, only to have those kids turned into pot-smoking Obamacare-lovers by a pack of communist hippies? This stereotype - professors as brainwashing left-wing ideologues - has dogged academia at...



Ezra Klein interviews ex-union president Andy Stern about the fight in Wisconsin

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Last year, Andy Stern retired as the president of the SEIU , the Service Employees International Union, which he'd built into a 2.2 million-member heavyweight. He was known - and sometimes reviled - for his efforts to reform organized labor: He struck deals with the likes of Wal-Mart, led a...


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Who had the Worst Week in Washington? Rep. David Wu.

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

A grown man dressing up as a tiger for Halloween is rarely a good idea. Sending a picture of yourself dressed as said tiger to a subordinate is a really, really, really - we can't emphasize this strongly enough - bad idea.
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Chronicle of a Palin-free month

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

In late January, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank took to these pages to make a confession, offer a promise and issue a call to arms. He was unduly obsessed with Sarah Palin, he admitted, and to break his fixation he would not mention the former Alaska governor - in print, on television or...


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Gov. Scott Walker can thank Michelle Rhee for making teachers unions the enemy

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Education writer explains how the former D.C. schools chief helped stoke anti-union fires



And the Oscar for most historically inaccurate film goes to . . . all of them!

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

says truth and movies don't have to mix "The King's Speech" might take home the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday, but judging from the criticisms it's receiving, it won't win any awards for historical accuracy.
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At al-Jazeera, we saw the Arab revolutions coming. Why didn't the West?

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

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Nicholas Delbanco's "Lastingness: the Art of Old Age"

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Nicholas Delbanco's new book examines creative achievement in old age, though the author acknowledges that our culture concerns itself primarily with the young. We seem, nonetheless, ambivalent about age, expecting our leaders to evince a certain maturity. Delbanco, a distinguished literary figure...


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"Tough Without a Gun," by Stefan Kanfer is a new biography of Humphrey Bogart

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

In 1997, the American Film Institute named Humphrey Bogart the "Greatest Male Star" in cinema history. The same year, Entertainment Weekly christened him the "Number One Movie Legend" of all time. He is on a postage stamp. Woody Allen produced a hit play and film, "Play it Again, Sam" (1972), based...


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"The Natural Navigator" by Tristan Gooley

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

THE NATURAL NAVIGATOR A Watchful Explorer's Guide to a Nearly Forgotten Skill
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Douglas Waller's "Wild Bill Donovan," on the OSS spymaster

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

On the eve of the Normandy invasion in 1944, Gen. George C. Marshall, the Army chief of staff, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Navy Secretary James Forrestal all ordered William J. Donovan, the chief of the Office of Strategic Services, to remain behind in London. It would not do for the head of th...


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Lawrence Goldstone's "Inherently Unequal"

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

"Constitutional law," Lawrence Goldstone says toward the end of " Inherently Unequal ," is "simply politics made incomprehensible to the common man." It's meant to be a sound bite, a clever coda to a cautionary tale of justice corrupted and denied. But it speaks to a cynical strain that runs through...


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Deborah Lutz's "Pleasure Bound," on Victorian sex rebels

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Many characters parade through the pages of this examination of sexual doings among the illuminati of Victorian England, but two occupy center stage. The first is Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet and aesthete, whom Oscar Wilde described as "a braggart in the matter of vice, who had done everything...
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Book World This Week

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

MONDAY | In Wesley Stace's Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer , an opera composer stands at the center of a stylish mystery.


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washington BESTSELLERS

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 20, 2011. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2011 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller...



In an era of tightening budgets, can America remain a superpower on the cheap?

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

What is the right foreign policy for a downsizing superpower?



Two books on blacks and the White House

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

On Jan. 20, 2009, more than 1 million people crowded into Washington, D.C., to witness and celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama. The television audience in the tens of millions created a collective experience that stretched across the country and around the world. Barely 40 years after legally...
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Abortion rights are under attack, and pro-choice advocates are caught in a time warp

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Abortion rights activist Frances Kissling on why the movement is stuck in the past



Five myths about Abraham Lincoln

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

No American hero, with the possible exception of George "I Cannot Tell a Lie" Washington, has been more encrusted with myth than Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln did boast virtues that required little embellishment. He rose from obscurity through hard work, self-education and honesty. He endured venomous...



Beyond the Coke formula, other secrets that need telling

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The public radio show "This American Life" stunned carbonated beverage connoisseurs last week when it revealed what it alleges is the secret formula for Coca-Cola . Though Coca-Cola denied that the recipe is "the real thing" and soda-lovers have yet to storm supermarkets for ingredients necessary...


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In the Middle East, this is not a Facebook revolution

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Media consultant on why we're not witnessing a Facebook revolution in the Mideast


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Are the Mideast revolutions bad for women's rights?

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

on how democracy can threaten rights for Mideast women


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Why American troops in Afghanistan shouldn't have to wear headscarves

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

In 2001, I was an Air Force lieutenant colonel and A-10 fighter pilot stationed in Saudi Arabia, in charge of rescue operations for no-fly enforcement in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. Every time I went off base, I had to follow orders and put on a black Muslim abaya and head scarf. Military offic...


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Kennedy's volunteer children

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

In 2008 Christiane Amanpour illustrated America's declining role in the world by telling a foreign policy conference, "There was a Peace Corps." After the session a former volunteer named Jon Keeton angrily corrected CNN's chief foreign correspondent: "There still is a Peace Corps." As author...



Book review: 'George Gershwin,' a new biography by Larry Starr

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

It is a truth universally acknowledged that George Gershwin (1898-1937) wrote some irresistible melodies. After that, the debate begins.
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3 books about artists

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Brimming with both vagueness and import, the label "iconic" has been slapped on everything from fashion to corporate logos, public buildings to television characters. When applied to art, which actually brings us back to the word's Greek and Latin roots, the term takes on added luster. In the case...


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Kenneth Slawenski's biography of J.D. Salinger

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Kenneth Slawenski broadens our understanding of the personal and literary life of a remarkable American writer in his biography " J.D. Salinger ." Although sometimes careless with language and facts, Slawenski unearths new details and provides a coherent narrative and an in-depth reading of...


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Peter Bergen's "The Longest War"

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Is al-Qaeda still a threat to America? In his important history of the war on terrorism, " The Longest War ," Peter Bergen aims to reassure his readers that al-Qaeda is significantly weakened. The reason for the diminished threat, he argues, is not that the U.S. government has been clever or...



Mary Cappello's "Swallow"

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

MEDICINE SWALLOW Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them
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Jonathan Gill's "Harlem"

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

In September 1609 the EnglishDutch explorer Henrydrick Hudson, en route - or so he hoped - to China in ahis ship belonging to the Dutch East India Company and called the



Book World This Week

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

MONDAY | In Gerald Seymour's powerful novel The Collaborator , a member of an Italian crime family revolts against her kinfolk.


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Washington Bestsellers

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

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Three books on the gulf oil spill

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Just six months after BP stopped the oil that had been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, a gusher of books about the spill has begun to wash ashore. The first wave includes three very different approaches to the disaster that riveted the nation most of last summer.


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