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November 17, 2013 12:01 AM

'Making of a Southern Liberal' looks at struggles from past, politics of present

Brandt Ayers, author of "In Love with Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal," was a Southern liberal when that term didn't mean being brazen enough to drive around Hilton Head Island with an Obama bumper sticker. After growing up in small town Alabama and going off to North Carolina, then Washington, as a political reporter, he returned home to run the family newspaper -- and to the violent battles of a "dying civilization," the era of legal segregation.

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