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Dear Friends:
You may have noticed the pace of my e-mail blasts slowing down.  It will continue this way for another year or so.  The reason is not advancing age or infirmity.  I have begun work on another book, and during my book-writing periods I try to avoid the temptation of freelance writing. I have unofficially suspended my Guardian column and contributions to the Daily Beast.  Occasionally I will have a moment of weakness, but the flow of new content will be limited.

No journalist, however, can resist an assignment from the New York Review of Books, and I am pleased that it has just published a lengthy piece I recently wrote about Turkey.  A link is here.

My new book will be focused on the life stories of two brothers who have been largely forgotten, but who contributed decisively to much of today's world disorder: John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles.  With luck it will be published in 2013.

I have also cut back my speaking schedule, but have a few events scheduled.  I will be discussing events in the Middle East at the Payomet Center for the Arts in Truro, Mass., on the evening of August 22; at the Washington History Seminar on the afternoon of September 12; and at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., on the afternoon of November 6.  In addition, I will appear on a panel discussing the recent decision of the Guatemalan government to rehabilitate the legacy of President Jacobo Arbenz, who was deposed by the CIA in 1953; it will be held at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, at 2 PM on October 7.

I will post details of these events, along with other material, at

Best wishes for a wonderful August!