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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Henri Alleg talks about being imprisoned and tortured by French paratroopers during the Battle of Algiers in 1957. Then, we hear the dramatic story of the man George Washington appointed to design the nation's capital in 1791. And we survey some of Granta's best Young American Novelists. Plus, we find out how cultural attitudes towards infidelity vary around the world.

A Journalist's Torture Story

In 1957, Henri Alleg--a French journalist who supported Algerian independence--was arrested by French paratroopers during the Battle of Algiers. In his memoir The Question, which was originally published in 1958, Mr. Alleg tells the moving story of his imprisonment and torture.

The Question is available for purchase at

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The Man Who Designed Washington, D.C.

Scott W. Berg tells the dramatic story of Pierre “Peter” Charles L’Enfant--the man George Washington appointed to design the nation's capital in 1791, and who was fired after just 11 months.

Grand Avenues is available for purchase at amazon.com

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Granta's Best of Young American Novelists

Ian Jack, the editor of the British literary magazine Granta, tells us who made it into the second volume of Best of Young American Novelists.

Best of Young American Novelists 2 is available for purchase at amazon.com

Events: Ian Jack will be appearing along with some ...

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Lust in Translation

Pamela Druckerman, a former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, explores how different cultures around the world view adultery.

Lust in Translation is available for purchase at amazon.com

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