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    Book Discussion on Black Prophetic Fire

    Cornel West talked about his book, Black Prophetic Fire.

    He spoke at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International, held on the campus of Miami Dade College on November 22-23.

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    Q&A with Nonie Darwish

    Nonie Darwish talked about her life story, including growing up in Egypt and Gaza, her father’s death at the hands of the Israelis, life under Sharia law, why she chose to break with Islam, and the consequences of her choice. She also spoke about her views on Islam and Muslims following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and U.S. relationships with Muslim countries ruled by Sharia law and their role in the war on terror.

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    Q&A with Tavis Smiley

    Tavis Smiley talked about his book, Death of a King: the Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year, about the final year of the civil rights leader’s life.

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    Q&A with Harold Holzer

    Harold Holzer talked about his book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, in which he examines Abraham Lincoln’s relationships with the press. He talked about Lincoln’s strong-armed tactics with newspaper owners, using their power to steer issues such as slavery, union, and his own political career. He also talked about Lincoln’s authorization of some of the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, as he closed down “disloyal” papers, jailed their editors, and took over the nation’s use of the telegraph.

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    Q&A with Rory Kennedy

    Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy talked about her movie Last Days in Vietnam., which looks at the final chaotic days of the Vietnam War and the massive evacuation of U.S. personnel and South Vietnamese in April of 1975. The film tells the stories of individual Americans and South Vietnamese who took matters into their own hands to execute the evacuation and save as many South Vietnamese as possible. Ms. Kennedy also talks about her career as a filmmaker and her family’s history. 

    Rory Kennedy is the 11th and youngest child of Ethel and Robert Kennedy.

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    Q&A with Richard Norton Smith

    Richard Norton Smith talked about his book, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller, in which he chronicles the life and legacy of America’s 41st Vice President. Mr. Smith talked about Vice President Rockefeller’s early years, his first marriage, his children, his waxing and waning influence on the Republican Party over the years, and his time and efforts as governor of New York State. He also talks about Vice President Rockefeller’s second marriage to Happy Rockefeller, the murky circumstances around his death, and his legacy. Vice President Rockefeller was nominated by Gerald Ford in August 1974 and approved by Congress in December of that year.

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    Q&A with Bob Timberg

    Bob Timberg talked about his book, Blue Eyed Boy, in which he recounts his experiences in Vietnam and subsequent career in journalism. In 1967, Mr. Timberg was a Marine just 13 days away from coming home from Vietnam when his vehicle struck a North Vietnamese landmine and his life changed forever. He suffered third degree burns over much of his face and body. In the interview, he talks about the impact of the experience on his life, the 35 surgeries he had, his thoughts on the war, and how he physically and emotionally rebuilt himself and his career following this accident.

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    Q&A with Johnnetta Cole

    Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, talked about the museum as it marked its fiftieth anniversary. She also spoke about her career as an educator and administrator, as president of both Spelman and Bennett colleges, as well as race relations and her opposition to the Vietnam War.

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    Q&A with Sally Quinn

    Sally Quinn talked about her life and career. She spoke about the “OnFaith” blog, which she helped originate at the Washington Post and is now owned by online venture, FaithStreet. She also discussed her views on the role of religion in society and the world, and the health of her husband, former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee.

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    Q&A with Jenny Beth Martin

    Jenny Beth Martin talked about her book, Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution, on her role in founding the tea party movement and the grassroots level work it was accomplishing around the country. She discussed the idea behind founding the organization, its immediate impact, the issues the movement stands for, and and challenges from other wings of the Republican Party. She also talked about her personal life, including having to file for bankruptcy as she became involved with the tea party movement.