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In 'Munich,' Neville Chamberlain Gets The Best Of Hitler

NPR Books - January 19, 2018 - 1:54am

History hasn't been kind to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who tried to head off war by appeasing Adolf Hitler. But Robert Harris' new novel Munich asks readers to reconsider Chamberlain.

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A Former Neo-Nazi Explains Why Hate Drew Him In — And How He Got Out

NPR Books - January 18, 2018 - 10:34am

Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage.

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In 'Heartland,' Writer's Block Can Be Murder

NPR Books - January 18, 2018 - 4:00am

Ana Simo's brash and unsettling debut novel straddles the line between pulp noir and slapstick; it's the story of a struggling writer who decides that murder is the cure for her decade-long block.

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Daniel Pink's 'When' Shows the Importance Of Timing Throughout Life

NPR Books - January 17, 2018 - 1:16pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Daniel Pink about his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In his book, Pink examines the importance of timing in various aspects of life.

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Are Implanted Medical Devices Creating A 'Danger Within Us'?

NPR Books - January 17, 2018 - 12:10pm

Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death.

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'Girls In The Picture' Traces A Friendship In The Flickers

NPR Books - January 17, 2018 - 4:00am

A century ago, Hollywood had no stars. Movies were silent and the actors were anonymous. Melanie Benjamin's new novel outlines how actress Mary Pickford and writer Frances Marion changed that.

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See A Famous Monster Come Alive In 'Frankenstein: The 1818 Text'

NPR Books - January 16, 2018 - 4:00am

Most stage and screen versions of Frankenstein are based on a later edition of Mary Shelley's classic — this new reprint of her original text shows the story growing and changing with its author.

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