January 16, 2014

Nicholas Griffin spoke about his book, Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History that Changed the World, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

The seemingly casual invitation in 1971 from the Chinese to the American table-tennis team may in fact have been part of a carefully planned strategy by the Chinese for rapprochement with the West. Griffin's investigation of the role ping pong played in international relations is a true thriller, from the way China used the game to distract attention from famine and repression to the fact that the game was brought to the Chinese by a British spy for the Communists. (Scribner)

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Published: Skyhorse - September 15th, 2015

January 6, 2014

Hugh Wilford spoke about his book, America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, at Politics & Prose on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Celebrated intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA's pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency's three most influential--and colorful--officers in the Middle East.

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Published: Basic Books - December 3rd, 2013

October 26, 2013

Jake Tapper spoke about his book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

The heartbreaking and inspiring story of one of America's deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan, acclaimed by critics everywhere as a classic.

At 5:58 AM on October 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan just 14 miles from the Pakistani border, was viciously attacked. Though the 53 Americans there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war for the U.S. that year. Four months after the battle, a Pentagon review revealed that there was no reason for the troops at Keating to have been there in the first place.

In The Outpost, Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage war real, and American courage manifest.

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Published: Back Bay Books - October 22nd, 2013

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