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Biographer Andrew Gowers Discusses Yasser Arafat.

Biographer Andrew Gowers. He's co-written (with Tony Walker) a new biography of Yasser Arafat, "Behind the Myth: Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Revolution." (Olive Branch Press). The book explores Arafat's nearly 40 years as a Palestinian activist. Gowers and his co-author spent hundreds of hours interviewing PLO officials, including Arafat, as well as American, Arab and European officials. Gowers is a Features Editor of the Financial Times and was the paper's Middle East Editor. He comments frequently on the Middle East for British radio and TV. A review of the book in the Wall Street Journal says, the authors "trace his [Arafat's] ascent with skill and dispassion; if you want to understand Mr. Arafat, they tell the story."

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Other segments from the episode on September 22, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 22, 1993: Interview with Maurice Sendak; Interview with Andrew Gowers; Review of Edith Wharton and Marion Mainwaring's novel "The Buccaneers."

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