As President Jimmy Carter looks on, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (left) shakes hands with former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David on Sept. 6, 1978. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performs in Baghdad. The concert was promoted by word of mouth to avoid being targeted by bombs. Graham Smith/NPR hide caption

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James Ellroy lives in Los Angeles, which serves as the setting for much of his work. Jenniffer Carroll/Knopf hide caption

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