Director Dror Moreh was nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary The Gatekeepers. Mika Moreh/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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In his new book, The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis draws on his nearly 30 years of reporting on the Vatican. Viking/Penguin Group hide caption

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Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo. Affleck also directed the film, which is based on events surrounding the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. Keith Bernstein/Warner Brothers hide caption

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Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film Silver Linings Playbook. Jojo Whilden/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Jake Tapper's new book, The Outpost, tells the story of one of America's deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan. Little, Brown & Co. hide caption

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Tony Kushner based his screenplay for Lincoln in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the president, Team of Rivals — but he read many other histories and biographies, in addition to Lincoln's own writings. DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis star in the film — the story of a 12-year-old girl and boy who merge their imaginative worlds on an island off the coast of New England. Focus Features hide caption

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A part of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is seen inside the vault of the Shrine of the Book building at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images hide caption

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A French military drone takes off in December 2010 from a U.S. airbase in Bagram, Afghanistan. Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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