Gwen Ifill’s The Breakthrough In The Library and On Book TV This Weekend

January 29, 2009

Gwen Ifill’s new book The Breakthrough: politics and race in the age of Obama was finally published last week. You’ll recall the publicity it received when she moderated the only Vice-Presidential debate last fall between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin. The book isn’t primarily about Barack Obama–he’s one member of a group of  breakthrough African-American politicians in their 30s, 40s and 50s who “inherited the hopes of the civil rights movement without having to go through its confrontations.” So far, the book is winning praise from reviewers.

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. David Brooks, on After Words, will interview Ifill this weekend: Saturday, Jan 31st at 10p.m.; it will re-air on Sunday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 a.m. and Sunday, February 8, at 12 p.m.