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Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire

Alex Abella
In conversation with Mike Shuster, NPR foreign correspondent
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
01:08:50
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Episode Summary
A page-turning chronicle of the rise of the secretive think tank--born in the wake of World War II--that has been the driving force behind American government for the last half-century.

Participant(s) Bio
A Notable Book author, EMMY nominated TV reporter and screenwriter, Alex Abella was born in Cuba and grew up in New York City. Abella worked as a reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle then switched to electronic media and joined KTVU-TV, Channel 2 News. There he became producer, writer and reporter and was nominated for an EMMY for Best Breaking News Story. Alex moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s to pursue a writing career. While in Los Angeles he worked as assistant to a private investigator and as a Los Angeles Superior Court Interpreter. His experiences in the world of law and law enforcement inspired him to write a legal thriller, The Killing of the Saints, featuring a Cuban-American hero, Charlie Morell, who is a lawyer and private investigator. Alex's second novel, The Great American, recounts the true adventures of William Morgan, a U.S. Marine who fought in the mountains of Cuba with Fidel Castro. Abella's Shadow Enemies, is a non-fiction account of the plot by Adolf Hitler to unleash a wave of terror in the United States by sending Nazi agents to bomb stores, train stations and factories.


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