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Read It Before They Screen It: The Challenge, French Women Don’t Get Fat, and The Wheel of Time Series

George Clooney has bought the rights to Jonathan Mahler's legal thriller The Challenge.

Variety reports:

[The story is] about the long campaign waged by U.S. Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Salim Hamdan, the bodyguard and driver of Osama bin Laden.

[....]Hamdan was sentenced Aug. 7 by a panel of military officers at Guantanamo Bay to a prison term of 66 months, including time already served. The Yemeni-born convict was found guilty of material support for terrorism but cleared of the more serious charges of conspiracy to commit murder, seen by some analysts as a victory for retired naval officer Swift's efforts.

Mahler's book ends with the landmark 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the military tribunals ordered for Hamdan and other Guantanamo Bay detainees violated the Geneva Convention and the Uniform Code for Military Justice.

"[A] rare achievement — a book as involving as it is important," declares David Lipsky, author of Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point.

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Hilary Swank is in talks to star in a big screen adaptation of Mireille Guiliano's bestseller French Women Don't Get Fat.

[The story is] being envisioned as a romantic comedy about the manager of a champagne company who learns some tough life lessons....First published in 2004, non-fiction tome became a bestseller for writer and former Champagne Veuve Clicquot topper Mireille Guiliano, offering insights on how French women manage to stay slim despite enjoying such calorie-rich fare as wine and pastries.

"The perfect book for the more literate dieter," proclaims the San Francisco Chronicle. "A blueprint for building a healthy attitude toward food and exercise."

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Robert Jordan's popular fantasy-epic series, The Wheel of Time, has been picked up by Universal Pictures.

"The Wheel of Time" follows, among its dozens of characters, Rand al’Thor, the latest incarnation of a force for good called "The Dragon." Rand is born to fight an evil character called Shai’tan.

"Wheel of Time" books have sold 44 million copies worldwide and spawned computer, trading-card and role-playing games; a soundtrack; comicbooks; and numerous fan sites. The four most recent installments have reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

"Jordan's world is rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended," raves Booklist.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Challenge: Hamdan V. Rumsfeld... Used Hardcover $4.48
  2. Absolutely American: Four Years at... Used Trade Paper $3.50
  3. French Women Don't Get Fat Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. The Eye of the World
    Used Mass Market $3.95



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