Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel, and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. He is pictured above at The New Yorker Festival Fiction Night in New York City in 2009.
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After adopting the euro, Greece borrowed huge sums of money. The country is now on the brink of a major default. "They're going to default ... it's now a question of how messy it will be," says writer Michael Lewis. His new book Boomerang looks at Greece and four other places affected by the financial crisis.
Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani Network, speaks during an interview in Miram Shah, Pakistan, in 1998. His militant network has thrived and is now considered the No. 1 threat to American troops in Afghanistan.
Small startup companies have an advantage, says author Eric Ries: they can test innovative ideas quickly. Here, workers in London talk at TechHub, an office space for technology entrepreneurs.
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A man stands in a sewage-filled street in Fallujah in 2010. The Fallujah wastewater treatment system was left unfinished more than four years past the initial deadline. The sewage facility is among hundreds of projects funded by U.S. taxpayers that remain abandoned or incomplete, wasting more than $5 billion, according to auditors.