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Prince Wanted To 'Break The Mold Of The Memoir,' Says His Co-Writer

Dan Piepenbring was selected by Prince to help him write his memoirs, but Prince died shortly after they began working together. Piepenbring edited the new book 'The Beautiful Ones' which includes writings by Prince about his childhood and adolescence, as well as photos, letters, and lyric sheets.


One Man Says No To Harsh Interrogation Techniques

Matthew Alexander, a pseudonym for the author, was a military interrogator in Iraq who rejected previously used harsh techniques. He writes about how his team hunted down two key al-Qaida operatives in Kill or Capture.


Redux: 'Joker One': A Marine's Memoir Of Iraq War

Former Marine Donovan Campbell served three combat deployments, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He commanded Joker One, a platoon of new Marines that he trained and transformed into a fighting unit. In Iraq, they were assigned to Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province. For seven months, they engaged in daily house-to-house combat with insurgents. Nearly half of his platoon had been wounded. Campbell was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor for his time in Iraq. Campbell now is working for PepsiCo and living in Dallas, Texas with his wife and daughter.


Dancing With Memory, Massacre In 'Bashir'

Filmmaker Ari Folman was a 19-year-old Israeli soldier serving in Beirut at the time of the 1982 massacre of Palestinian refuges. Though he has no memory of the time, he revisits the mission in his new film, Waltz With Bashir, a surreal, animated documentary of the terror.


A Journalist's Take On 'An Ordinary Day' In Iraq

Iranian-American journalist Farnaz Fassihi was stationed in the Middle East from 2002 until 2006, where she covered the Iraq war and the daily struggles of the Iraqi people. She recounts her experiences in her memoir, Waiting for an Ordinary Day.


John Geddes: In Defense Of The Soldier Of Fortune

There are 100,000 private military contractors in Iraq. Mercenary John Geddes explains why he thinks this is a good thing. His new book Highway to Hell is an account of his experiences in Iraq as a soldier for hire.

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