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The Beatles: The Biography

The Beatles and the band's music continue to captivate millions to this day. Yet the world may never have heard of John, Paul, George and Ringo if not for a fateful meeting that started it all.


The Price of Friendship

Friendship is a true gift, whether it's between kindergartners on the playground or countries in the midst of political turmoil. Alliances between nations can be seen as friendship taken to the international level.


Don't Discount the Little Guys - On the Benefits of Small Publishers

If a small press is publishing you, it isn't because you're Ethan Hawke or Jewel, but because they absolutely love your work. What more could a writer ask for?


What Good Is a Traditional Publisher?

"If publishers won't promote your book and they take a huge percentage, what exactly do they do for the author?" The answer: more than you might think.


9/11 heroes to be "honored" by mosque-like design?

Flight 93 is known as the "flight that fought back." How then could the committee created to honor the heroic passengers and crew be on the verge of approving a memorial design that is nothing less than the world’s largest outdoor mosque?


CreateSpace, an Amazon Business, Launches Books on Demand Self-Publishing Service for Authors

CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies, today announced the launch of a new online Books on Demand service.


NY Times Bestseller contradicts Dick Cheney’s claims

Is there a plan to create a network of superhighways to facilitate a merger of the United States, Mexico and Canada?


Islamic Creationism According to Mr Yahya

A mysterious new book called "The Atlas of Creation" has been showing up in the mail boxes of prominent US academics and politicians in a well coordinated mailing campaign. You might expect a book that arrives unsolicited to be little more than a large tract, but in fact "The Atlas of Creation" is a sumptuous production by any standard.


Ed Husain's New Book : The Islamist

Husain's book has irked a few on the left who don't like the nod given to Tony Blair's view of Muslim society in the UK. Nor do they go along with Husain's tendency to dismiss Islamophobia as a ploy on the part of the Islamic leadership to obtain special concessions.


Remembering Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

When I met Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in 1988, he appeared as a wild-haired curmudgeon in a crumpled suit sprawled out in a wing-backed chair in a small meeting room at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. The lines on his face made him look as tired and worn as his clothing, but his eyes twinkled like a child's.


Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Between Two Worlds

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a woman equally scorned by some Muslims and secularists in Holland. Her new book, an autobiography with the clever title "Infidel", will confirm many of their prejudices.


Japanese hip-hop: from 50 Cent to mirror balls and world peace

Six months of hanging out in smoky, grungy "genbas," or Japanese hip-hop clubs, gave cultural anthropologist Ian Condry insight into how American rap music and attitudes were being transformed by the youth in Japan.


Book Review On "The World is Flat" By: Thomas L. Friedman

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue and declared that the world was round. 514 years later, Thomas L. Friedman is declaring the world is flat. Friedman's book, "The World is Flat," is a brief history of the twenty-first century.


Review Of Muhajababes by Allegra Stratton

Stratton’s Sesame Street approach to pan-Arab politics and lifestyle is frustrating; it’s all so unthinkable and peculiar to her, yet finding the Middle East’s losers or aspiring, dream-fuelled youth with a beef or two is hardly groundbreaking and I soon wondered how amazed we would be if an Arab woman went to the US and the UK and talked about all of the awful things she heard about.


"Surviving James Dean" (Book Review)

When I saw "Surviving James Dean" on the bookshelf, I felt I had to reach for it, probably just for reminiscing. James Dean was the idol of my teenage years, although I wasn't all that much taken by him. My cousin, however, married her first husband because he looked, walked, and acted exactly like James Dean. When the actor died, our entire generation of people went into mourning.