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From the Washington Post's "Short Stack":

"John Lancaster's review of my new book on the 1967 Israeli attack on the American spy ship U.S.S. Liberty has stirred a lot of online debate - much of it heated - among Washington Post readers in recent days. One reader argued that the United States should retaliate and sink an Israeli ship and call it an accident. Another urged Congress to investigate. Others have criticized Israeli and American Middle East policy.

Some readers are equally passionate in their defense of Israel for what it has always maintained was a tragic accident. Many point out that Israel was a close American ally, involved in a hectic and fast-paced war in the desert and had everything to lose by attacking a U.S. ship. Both sides point to many of the same documents - though with differing interpretations - to hammer home their points. ... "

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The Kill Zone has a great guest post by agent Anne Hawkins about all the reasons (including the three Ps: personal taste, passion, and platform) why a good agent might turn down a good book. 

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Misguided Missiles

By John Lancaster Sunday, July 12, 2009, Washuington Post

"...  A new book, "The Attack on the Liberty," by James Scott, stops short of a final verdict on that charge. Still, after reading this comprehensive and compelling account, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that Israel's actions were, at a minimum, criminally negligent -- and harder still to understand why no one in Israel was punished. For this, the United States also bears some of the blame. Drawing on newly declassified documents and interviews with survivors and former officials, Scott argues that the Johnson administration deliberately soft-pedaled the incident to avoid straining relations with an important Cold War ally and its American backers.

Scott, a South Carolina journalist, is the son of a Liberty survivor and has a good feel for life on board the converted World War...

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Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners: Master the Slippery Rules of Modern Ethics

By JUDITH CHETTLE, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 5th, 2009

"Navigating one's way in contemporary society is no longer merely a question of knowing which fork to use. Rather, as Robin Abrahams persuasively reports in "Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners," it is knowing how to cope with "the dilemmas that live in the gray area between ethics and protocol."

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Yale Law School professor Michael Graetz's THE END OF ENERGY, which recounts the legacy of failed 1970s approaches to energy policy and what we must do to create effective policies for the future, to John Covell at MIT Press, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Show description from www.onpointradio.org :

Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down the most anticipated decision of its term, finding that white firefighters denied promotion in New Haven, Connecticut, were the victims of racial discrimination.

In doing so, the justices overturned a ruling joined by Federal appeals court judge, and high court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. That alone grabbed a lot of headlines.

But more profound are the questions raised about civil rights law and the future of affirmative action in the United States.

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Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) has started a #Pubtip hashtag on Twitter for all tweeting agents and editors to use to collect all of their publishing tips and tricks into one place.

Even if you don't tweet, you can view all the advice here. Make sure to check back often, as new tips are likely to be added every day.

Looking to start following publishing people on Twitter? There is a great directory of Trade Publishing people on Twitter here on HighSpotInc.com. And you can follow The Strothman Agency @strothmanagency.

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Brown University neuroscientist Seth Horowitz's OF SOUND MIND, showing how our sense of hearing manipulates the way we think, consume, sleep, and feel, and why some sounds make us cringe while others make us happy, to Benjamin Adams at Bloomsbury, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Moying Li has won a Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction for her memoir SNOW FALLING IN SPRING (FSG).

SNOW FALLING IN SPRING traces Li's coming of age in China during the Cultural Revolution and her eventual emigration to the U.S. in her 20s.

Congratulations, Moying!

To read the press release and find out about the other award winners, click here.

 

 

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"The Rejecter" has written a great post about writing a synopsis and the things that are important to remember (including several reasons why you shouldn't worry so much  about it). 

If you are getting ready to write a synopsis of your work, or just one of those authors who worries about it, I highly suggest you check out The Rejecters post: The Infamous Synopsis.

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