Todd S. Purdum, author of An Idea Whose Time has Come

04/23/2014 3:00 pm

Book signing and reading with Todd S. Purdum author of An idea Whose Time has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


A top Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that created modern America, on the fiftieth anniversary of its passage

It was a turbulent time in America—a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, a March on Washington and a governor standing in the schoolhouse door—when John F. Kennedy sent Congress a bill to bar racial discrimination in employment, education, and public accommodations. Countless civil rights measures had died on Capitol Hill in the past. But this one was different because, as one influential senator put it, it was “an idea whose time has come.”

In a powerful narrative layered with revealing detail, Todd S. Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen, Purdum shows how these all-too-human figures managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support. He evokes the high purpose and low dealings that marked the creation of this monumental law, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of new interviews that bring to life this signal achievement in American history.

About the Author


Todd S. Purdum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. He previously spent more than twenty years at The New York Times, where he served as diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, the political commentator and former White House press secretary, and their two children.

 

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John Hoover, author of The Uniting Power of Conflict

04/18/2014 5:00 pm
04/18/2014 7:00 pm

Book signing with John Hoover author of The Uniting Power of Conflict: A Psychologist's Proven Strategies for Real-Life Situations Music with Maggie Longmire.


Learning to deal effectively with conflict and to respect disparate viewpoints is vital to building and maintaining successful relationships—at work, at home, and elsewhere—but where can we acquire the skills for doing so? In The Uniting Power of Conflict, the author reveals how people with divergent viewpoints can avoid the usual pitfalls and engage in a constructive process. He demonstrates:

  • How working with conflict can be transformed into a mutually beneficial process
  • How engaging in this process can enrich the quality of every relationship in your life;
  • How the simple yet powerful rules for the Baseball Model of Conflict can level the playing field to create room for all viewpoints and positions. While not everyone enjoys sports, it is not necessary to know how to play baseball or even to have seen a game to learn the Model of Conflict.

About the Author:


John Hoover is a leading innovator in human psychology and organizational development. He is a unique combination of academician, storyteller, psychologist, teacher, college administrator, business coach, and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His professional publications include papers in the Journal of College Student Personnel and A Handbook of Structured Experiences for Human Relations Training (University Associates Press). In 2010, John co-authored The Elders Speak: Two Psychologists Share Their Lifetimes of Experience (Lulu Press, 2010), a candid, sometimes humorous, and poignant anecdotal perspective on lessons learned as a psychotherapist.

 

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517 Union Ave
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Knoxville
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Tennessee
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37902
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United States
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