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Palace Council by Stephen Carter (cover detail.)
Palace Council by Stephen Carter (cover detail.)

In a bestselling sideline to his legal career, Yale law professor Stephen Carter has made America's black upper crust the base for his literary life in fiction.

Now, in his third book, Palace Council, Carter is out with a political thriller that targets black power brokers and white allies on the Oval Office.

It's set in the 1960's - in civil rights struggles and Saigon and the Nixon years - but you can't miss the Obama resonance right now. African-Americans, close to power - and power the coin of the realm.

This hour On Point: legal eagle turned novelist Stephen Carter on white power, black power and the White House.Guests:
Stephen Carter, best-selling novelist. His new book is "Palace Council." He teaches at Yale Law School.

This program aired on July 16, 2008.

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