biography

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Wed August 7, 2013

"Bolivar" by Marie Arana

    

  Simón Bolivar freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and never remarried (although he did have a succession of mistresses, including one who held up the revolution and another who saved his life), and he died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, novelist and journalist Marie Arana brilliantly captures early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolívar.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu May 2, 2013

"Farewell, Dorothy Parker" by Ellen Meister

    Novelist Ellen Meister is a serious Dorothy Parker fan. So much so, she created a Facebook page dedicated to the literary icon and celebrated wit. When it came to writing about her, since Meister is a novelist not a biographer, she decided to write in Dorothy Parker's voice - as a ghost. We’ll talk with Ellen Meister about her book Farewell, Dorothy Parker.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon April 8, 2013

"Hopper" by Tom Folsom

    

  Dennis Hopper was the chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider, the prophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now, the terrifying psychopath in Blue Velvet and the kid gone wrong in Rebel Without a Cause.

The actor was taken under the wing of James Dean, a friendship that set Dennis Hopper on his path to becoming a star. He was a quintessentially American dreamer longing to be the next Orson Welles, a hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed March 27, 2013

"Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill" by Michael Shelden

    In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"Manifest Injustice" by Barry Siegel

    Barry Siegel joins us to talk about his new book: Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom.

In the book, Siegel chronicles the dramatic story of an Arizona man named Bill Macumber who, until his unexpected release from prison last November, had spent more than half his life behind bars.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Walter Stahr to give Founders Day keynote address at Union College

  Walter Stahr, author of an acclaimed biography on one of Union College's most distinguished alumni, William Henry Seward, will deliver the keynote address at Founders Day today at 12:45 in Memorial Chapel. The event commemorates the 218th anniversary of the College’s charter.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

"Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson" by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment—an anthropologist, a prolific journalist, a tireless advocate of women's rights, an outspoken anti-colonial and antiracist activist, and an internationally sought-after speaker.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

"E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" by Clinton Heylin

      Before he was a stadium-packing megastar, Bruce Springsteen was an introvert, desperate to strike a balance between his nuanced songwriting and the heft of his backing band. Clinton Heylin’s revelatory biography, E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, chronicles the evolution and influence of Springsteen’s E Street Band as they rose from blue-collar New Jersey to the heights of rock stardom.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu December 13, 2012

"Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell" by Katherine Monk

Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell is a new portrait of the reclusive icon that examines how significant life events — failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness — have influenced her creative expression.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri November 2, 2012

The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist by John Jenkins

John A. Jenkins joins us to discuss his book, The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist.

John A. Jenkins is president and publisher of CQ Press. He is a four-time recipient of the American Bar Association’s Gavel Award Certificate of Merit, the highest award in legal journalism.

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