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  • emTeam of Rivalsem
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    Team of Rivals

    Doris Kearns Goodwin talked about her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, published by Simon and Schuster. She described President Lincoln’s relationships with…

    1,546 views
  • emDirty Sexy Politicsem
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    Dirty Sexy Politics

    Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, talked about her memoir about the 2008 presidential campaign. She was interviewed by Gio Benitez, and also responded to…

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  • emWhy Are Jews Liberals em
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    Why Are Jews Liberals?

    Norman Podhoretz talked about his book Why Are Jews Liberals? (Doubleday; September 8, 2009). In his book the former editor-in-chief of Commentary magazine attempts to answer the question that he…

    296 views
  • emThe Breakthroughem
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    The Breakthrough

    Gwen Ifill talked about her book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Doubleday; January 20, 2009). In her book she examines a new generation of African-American…

    105 views
  • emOur Choice A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisisem
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    Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

    Former Vice President Al Gore talked about his book Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis (Rodale Books; November 3, 2009). The book picks up where his previous book, An…

    130 views
  • Politics and Culture Panel
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    Politics and Culture Panel

    Authors talked about their books on politics and culture. They responded to questions from members of the audience. George Packer is the author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade…

    670 views
  • emOnly the SuperRich Can Save Usem
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    Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

    Ralph Nader talked about his novel "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" (Seven Stories Press; September 22, 2009). In his book he speculates on what could happen if America’s wealthiest…

    161 views
  • emThe Clinton Tapesem
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    The Clinton Tapes

    Taylor Branch talked about his book The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President (Simon & Schuster; September 29, 2009). In his book Taylor Branch recalls his eight years of private…

    162 views
  • Panel on Censorship
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    Panel on Censorship

    Panelists from PEN American Center spoke about censorship. Sam Tannenhaus moderated. Ms. Menendez concluded by reading a list of journalists imprisoned around the world. Panelist included: Mary Gordon,…

    135 views
  • The Legacy of the Holocaust
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    The Legacy of the Holocaust

    Authors in the “Legacy of the Holocaust” panel talked about their books about specific historical events of the Holocaust. After the presentations, they responded to questions from members…

    216 views
  • Art of the Biographer
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    Art of the Biographer

    James Atlas moderated a panel of biographers who talked about their books and about writing biographies. After their presentations they answered questions from members of the audience.…

    601 views
  • Art of Biography Panel
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    Art of Biography Panel

    Edmund White Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel), Les Standiford, The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday…

    239 views
  • War Panel
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    War Panel

    The panelists talked about the phenomenon of strategically directed terror in militarized conflicts. Dexter Filkins talked about Iraq and Afghanistan from 1998-2008 and focused on the daily life…

    334 views
  • emThe Shock Doctrineem and emBlackwaterem
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    The Shock Doctrine and Blackwater

    Naomi Klein talked about her book and the current economic crisis and bail out. Jeremy Scahill then talked about his book and the situation in Iraq. They then responded to questions from members…

    1,067 views
  • emThe Enchantress of Florenceem
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    The Enchantress of Florence

    Following remarks by administrators of the Miami Book Fair International, Salman Rushdie was interviewed by Nathan Englander. Mr. Rushdie talked about his book The Enchantress of Florance,…

    411 views
  • Writers and Artists Against the Surveillance State
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    Writers and Artists Against the Surveillance State

    Authors read works by various American and international authors to highlight the danger surveillance poses to creative freedom. The programs of PEN International and the American Civil Liberties Union…

    205 views
  • emMake it Plainem
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    Make it Plain

    Vernon Jordan spoke about his book Make it Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out (PublicAffairs; November 3, 2008). His book is about the history of the oral tradition of storytelling,…

    260 views
  • emWhat Happenedem
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    What Happened

    Scott McClellan talked about his time as press secretary in the President George W. Bush Administration. He focused on the policies leading up to the war in Iraq, the disclosure of Valerie Plame,…

    154 views
  • emThe Seventeen Traditionsem
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    The Seventeen Traditions

    Ralph Nader talked about his book The Seventeen Traditions, published by HarperCollins. He described his childhood in Connecticut and the influence of his Lebanese immigrant parents. He discussed how his life choices…

    139 views
  • emCommon Groundem
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    Common Ground

    Cal Thomas talked about the book he wrote with Bob Beckel, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America, published by William Morrow. The book was inspired by their semi-monthly USA…

    95 views
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