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Apr 13, 2011

Atop new poll, Donald Trump slams China, OPEC, Obama

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Call it the Trump Doctrine. The next time America is called upon to act as global policeman, expect a bill from Uncle Sam.

Property developer, reality TV star and would-be Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’d apply his business acumen to geopolitics if he wins the White House.

Apr 13, 2011

Atop new poll, Trump slams China, OPEC and Obama

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Call it the Trump Doctrine. The next time America is called upon to act as global policeman, expect a bill from Uncle Sam.

Property developer, reality TV star and would-be Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’d apply his business acumen to geopolitics if he wins the White House.

Apr 1, 2011

Dumping print, NY publisher bets the ranch on apps

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prince of coffee table books believes paper books are dead. Now he wants to be king of the app.

Since 1980, Nicholas Callaway has made the finest of design-driven books, building a publishing house and his fortune on memorable children’s stories and on volumes known for the fidelity of their reproductions of great art. But the quality of paper, ink and binding mean nothing to him now.

Apr 1, 2011

Special Report: Dumping print, publisher bets the ranch on apps

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prince of coffee table books believes paper books are dead. Now he wants to be king of the app.

Since 1980, Nicholas Callaway has made the finest of design-driven books, building a publishing house and his fortune on memorable children’s stories and on volumes known for the fidelity of their reproductions of great art. But the quality of paper, ink and binding mean nothing to him now.

Jan 26, 2011

U.S. author’s pickup line becomes crusade in Nepal

* For young American in Nepal volunteering became vocation

* Author found “orphans” were victims of trafficking

By Mark Egan

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters Life!) – When 29-year-old Conor
Grennan volunteered at an orphanage in Nepal he had one goal –
to use the experience as a pickup line to impress women.

But instead that three-month experience in 2004 set the
American, who admits he was selfish and self-centered, on a
path to adventure that was unusual by any standards.

Jan 24, 2011

Author downplays impact of 2008 crisis on America

NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The United States, though
badly shaken by the 2008 financial crisis, emerged stronger
than Europe and China and will further deepen its global power
in coming years, a prominent U.S. analyst said in a new book.

George Friedman, founder of intelligence forecasting firm
Stratfor whose clients include big corporations and
governments, said the United States, with its huge economic and
military power, should be viewed as an empire.

Nov 23, 2010

Palin book sets out her “commonsense” platform

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If seeing Sarah Palin as a cable television pundit and a reality show star has Americans wondering who she is, her new book makes her case that she is not just a celebrity but a politician — one with what clearly sounds like plans for a White House run.

In “America by Heart,” published on Tuesday by HarperCollins, the former Alaska governor aligns herself with the Tea Party movement and takes shots at both Democrats and Republicans. Without saying if she will run for president in 2012, she states her positions in a manner not unlike a campaign platform.

Nov 11, 2010

Conan plays safe, gives viewers trusted TV routine

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It took months of angst for Conan O’Brien to get his own late-night chat show and if TV viewers are now wondering why it looks like all others, it’s because that’s what Americans like, industry watchers said.

O’Brien’s new show “Conan” premiered on Monday on cable channel TBS, marking his return to U.S. television after an acrimonious departure from NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in January when he was replaced with that program’s former star, comedian Jay Leno.

Nov 9, 2010

Bush seeks legacy, but will Americans read?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President George W. Bush may hope his memoir will help shape his legacy, but after the glow of being on Oprah and the media blitz wears off, few Americans who buy “Decision Points” are likely to read it, experts say.

“Most people do not read presidential memoirs because they get bored,” said Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. “People just like to have the presidential memoir sitting on the coffee table.”

Nov 4, 2010

Nearing 70, Ephron loves writing essays on age

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – As you age, live life to the
fullest — travel to exotic places, eat good food, walk in the
park, read lots of books and under no circumstances eat
egg-white omelettes.

That’s the nub of Nora Ephron’s new book, “I Remember
Nothing,” an acerbic, humorous set of essays that works as a
sequel to her 2006 best-seller, “I Feel Bad About My Neck.”