Rise and Fall

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Osama bin Laden's still image on Al-Jazeera, November 2007 Osama bin Laden's image accompanying an audio broadcast on Al-Jazeera television on November 29, 2007 (AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

On today’s show: Andrew Nagorski discusses how American journalists and writers in Germany viewed the rise of Adolf Hitler. Peter Bergen talks about the 10-year search for Osama bin Laden, and what led to his finally being discovered in Abbottabad last year. A History of the World in 100 Objects is about a shadow puppet. Our latest Backstory segment takes a look at the troubles facing Rupert Murdoch.


Andrew Nagorski discusses Hitler’s rise to power and Nazi Germany as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who lived and worked there and watched it happen. Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power offers surprising twists and a fresh perspective on this era.

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The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden

Peter Bergen gives an account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man. In Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden—from 9/11 to Abbottabad, he gives new details of bin Laden’s flight after the defeat of the Taliban. As the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it, Bergen paints a vivid picture of bin Laden’s life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Qaeda.

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Backstory: French Elections and the Euro

Stanley Pignal, private equity correspondent for the Financial Times, discusses the French presidential election and what the outcome could mean for the Euro.

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Backstory: The News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal

Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison looks at the ongoing fallout from the News Corp. phone hacking scandal and the toll it has taken on Rupert Mudrdoch’s media empire.

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