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There’s a war being fought, and the battlefield’s not where you might think: Christopher Hitchens and supporters of Henry Kissinger are duking it out in bookstores and on the pages of national magazines. To prepare for the next battle, revisit the tragedy of East Timor—and America’s sorry place in its history—by reading the latest book by journalist Arnold S. Kohen. From the Place of the Dead: The Epic Struggles of Bishop Belo of East Timor tells the story of 1996 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo. Belo has led nonviolent resistance in a country marred by spectacular bloodbaths—such as the 1975 Indonesian invasion, in which an estimated 250,000 out of 700,000 native Timorese were killed. Kohen says you’ll find Kissinger’s fingerprints there. Kohen presents the facts at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Neda Ulaby)