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in mercies in disguise. in the best land under heaven, michael wallace provides a history of america's westward expansion through the ill-fated journey of the donner party. and being published in may, former secretary of state condoleezza rice weighs in on the challenges inherent to a democracy in democracy, the long road to freedom. that is a look at some of the books that publishers weekly is most anticipated being published this spring. look for these titles and bookstores in the coming weeks and months. and watch for the authors on booktv. >> new jersey senator cory booker has a public book club and regularly moderate the conversation about a book he is reading. recently on his facebook page he host a live question and answer section with an author -- won the pulitzer prize. >> i have to say i love to read but this book, it is, it is not
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like a scientific book. you tell stories here which are so beautifully told that i learned a lot. i have no i learned a lot but it is such a great read. i mean it is really an enjoyable book. was it enjoyable to write great. >> now. [laughter] you know you go up and asked me about the process of writing this, is not interesting to some readers there was some turns in the process of writing this. >> how long did this take? >> it took over four years. >> oh my gosh. that is a long time. we literally traveled the planet earth. i mean it would take a long time because you sound like numerous contents that you are on. >> yes that was really the,
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really wonderful part about it. so there is this kind of weird you know people often ask me, did you get through this? i do not in any way dispute that the actual process of going to the places i go to, the great barrier reef, the amazon, the andes, they were so spectacular that it was really a tremendous privilege to go there. >> to watch the entire question and answer session visit senator booker's facebook page@facebook.com/cory booker. >> here's a look at some authors recently featured on booktv's afterwards. our weekly author interview program. melissa fleming, chief spokesperson for the united nation high commissioner for refugees talked about a syrian human attempt to flee our country.
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and however, republicans can lead america out of wedlock. and and wrist with the cut explored by frugality may be the key to happiness. in the coming weeks on afterwards, the parents of trayvon martin, sabrina fulton and tracy martin discuss their son's life and death. as well as their experiences with the judicial system. author and journalist nelson will talk about a unified america. council on foreign relations president richard haas was for the challenges facing us foreign policy. and this weekend, political consultant roger stone examines how donald trump was able to win the 2016 presidential election. >> the first person to imagine a trump presidency was not me but was president richard nixon. we were working for nixon doing political chores in the post presidential years.he met donald trump and george steinbrenner's box at yankee stadium. and they hit it off.
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he called me the next day and he said well, i met your man. i have got to tell you he has got it. he could really go all the way. >> he said that? >> and then days later he dropped a note, which i reproduced in the book to donald trump that said, this is so typical of nixon. he said mrs. nixon so you and thought you were superb. and she says if you ever run for public office you will win because you are a winner. and mrs. nixon knows about these things. of course he was talking about himself. in his own judgment. not long after that, president nixon and donald trump spent a weekend together. they went for a charitable event in houston texas. they essentially barricaded themselves in a hotel suite and

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