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Monday, August 22, 2005

Daniel Bergner explains how the government is using private security companies, and not the US military, to protect Coalition Provisional Authority sites throughout Iraq. Next, Hazel Rowley discusses the life and work of writer Christina Stead as part of our special Summer Reading series. Then, Rosie Perez tells us about being the subject of a two-day tribute at BAM. Finally, we open up the phones to find out what makes a book a bestseller, and how you choose which books to read.

The Other Army

Daniel Bergner looks how private security companies contracted by the government are protecting Coalition Provisional Authority sites in Iraq. His article “The Other Army” in the New York Times Sunday Magazine profiles one newly formed company, Triple Canopy, as it wrestles with unexpected challenges and tries to counter insurgent attacks.

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Summer Reading Series: Christina Stead

Hazel Rowley tells us about the nearly forgotten work of Christina Stead—a woman whose writing was compared to James Joyce and Leo Tolstoy during her lifetime. Her best known work, The Man Who Loved Children, is a touching, if disturbing, look at family life. Ms. Rowley is the author of ...

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The 24 Hour Woman

Rosie Perez is one of Brooklyn’s best-know actresses. Her comedic and dramatic film roles are the subject of a two-day tribute at BAM: “Born in Brooklyn.”

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Open Phones: Finding a Good Book

Today is the final day of our special Summer Reading series on underappreciated writers. We've looked at the work of authors who, though they were highly regarded in their lifetimes, have fallen out of fashion and are little-known today. We're opening up the phones to find out how you decide ...

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