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    • Barack Obama interview, 1995 August

    • African Americans - Biography; Racially mixed people - United States - Biography; Racism - United States; United States - Race relations
    • Barack Obama discusses his book, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” Obama shares his family’s background and its influence in his life. He tells of his mother’s emphasis of instilling a strong African and African American...
    • Lisa See interview, 2003 July

    • San Xia Dam (China) - Fiction; Antiquities - Collection and preservation - Fiction; Dams - Design and construction - Fiction; Americans - China - Fiction; Police - China - Fiction; Married people - Fiction; Policewomen - Fiction; Yangtze River...
    • Lisa See discusses her novel, “Dragon Bones.” She begins by explaining that it is the third book in a series that follows the same characters. She talks about her decision to place the story in China near the Three Gorges and the San Xia Dam. ...
    • Clive Barker interview, 1988 October

    • Horror fiction; Fantasy fiction
    • Clive Barker discusses his novel, “Imajica.” He begins by explaining the plot of the book and how a jealous husband hires a hit man to kill his philandering wife. Barker talks about how good fantasy books bring familiar elements into the story...
    • Dan Barden interview

    • Wayne, John, 1907-1979 - Fiction
    • Dan Barden discusses his novel, “John Wayne.” He begins by explaining that his father was a contractor who was hired to renovate John Wayne’s home, and the two men became drinking buddies. He says that he decided to write this novel because he...
    • Jared Diamond interview, 1993 January

    • Human evolution; Social evolution; Nature - Effect of human beings on
    • Jared Diamond discusses his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The book encompasses the history of evolution from the Neanderthals, "tree of human life," and "last first contact." He writes that humans are...
    • Blythe Holbrooke interview, 1983

    • Gossip
    • Blythe Holbrooke discusses her book, “Gossip” which she describes as informal communication. Blythe states that people gossip, but do not truly understand the politics of talk. Ultimately, bad rumors can destroy lives. The book describes how to...
    • Joseph Maciariello interview, 2011

    • Drucker, Peter F. (Peter Ferdinand), 1909-2005; Management; Social ecology; Leadership
    • Joseph Maciariello discusses his book, “Drucker’s Lost Art of Management: Fulfilling Peter Drucker’s Vision for a Society of Functioning Organizations," written with Karen Linkletter. Maciariello begins by quoting Peter Drucker’s definition of...
    • Johnnie Cochran interview, 2002

    • Lawyers - United States - Biography; African American lawyers - Biography
    • Johnnie Cochran discusses his book, “A Lawyer’s Life,” coauthored with David Fisher. Martinson begins by sharing that she first met Cochran through the Coro Foundation. She goes on to say that Cochran worked in the district attorney’s office for...
    • Icy Smith interview, 2003 August

    • Chinese Americans - California - Los Angeles - History; Chinese Americans - California - Los Angeles - History - Pictorial works; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - Pictorial works
    • Icy Smith discusses her book, “The Lonely Queue.” She begins the interview by talking about her immigration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles and her background growing up in poverty and moving to America for an education. She goes into the history...
    • Pat Buchanan interview

    • Europe - Emigration and immigration - Social aspects; United States - Emigration and immigration - Social aspects; Europe - Population - Forecasting; United States - Population - Forecasting; Europe - Social conditions - Forecasting; United States...
    • Pat Buchanan discusses his book, “The Death of the West." Buchanan explains that the book is an examination of the increasing decline in Western culture and power. He argues that the West is dying. He points to declining birthrates in the United...
    • Harold J. Leavitt interview, 2004 December

    • Management; Hierarchies; Executive ability; Employee empowerment; Organizational effectiveness
    • Harold J. Leavitt discusses his book, “Top Down.” He begins by explaining that he is a professor at the Stanford Business School. He says that this book was written for a middle manager who leads other people but who still answers to a higher...
    • Rahna R. Rizzuto interview, 1990

    • Japanese Americans - Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 - Fiction; World War, 1939-1945 - Concentration camps - West (U.S.) - Fiction
    • Rahna R. Rizzuto discusses her novel, “Why She Left Us.” She begins by explaining that her book is about a family living in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. She talks about how she is a fourth generation immigrant, and...
    • Dorothy Leeds interview, 2001

    • Interpersonal communication; Questioning
    • Dorothy Leeds discusses her book, “The 7 Powers of Questions.” She begins by breaking her book down into 3 parts: the psychology of how to phrase questions, the psychology of how people answer questions, and how questions can bring a family closer...
    • Leonard Goldenson interview, 1991 February

    • Television broadcasting - United States; American Broadcasting Company; Goldenson, Leonard H.
    • Leonard Goldenson discusses his book, “Beating the Odds.” He begins by explaining that the book is about the behind the scenes story of the rise of the ABC network. He discusses his role as the founder of ABC and what led him to foresee a market...
    • Terrill Lankford interview, 2004 June

    • Motion picture producers and directors - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction; Earthquakes - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction
    • Terrill Lankford discusses his novel, “Earthquake Weather.” He begins by talking about the 1994 earthquake that hit Los Angeles and how disaster can bring people together. He discusses the film industry in Hollywood and how many people just want...
    • Mat Johnson interview, 2003 July

    • African American neighborhoods - Fiction; Real estate business - Fiction; Real estate agents - Fiction; Gentrification - Fiction; Ex-convicts - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction; Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Mat Johnson discusses his novel, “Hunting in Harlem.” He begins by explaining that his book is a story about the recreation of Harlem and bringing in a new community. He introduces his 3 main characters who are released from prison and enlisted...

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