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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.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/aug/18/triumphant-turkey/

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 stephenkinzer.com

Best wishes for a wonderful August!