Marie’s TED talk on Bolívar

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Watch Marie’s (unedited) TED talk, given at the first TED-South conference in Latin America. The conference was in Rio de Janeiro in a fabulous tent set up on Copacabana Beach. Usually, TED talks are edited to a fine, polished product, and all the uhms, ahs, and slips removed, but here you get to see my…

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Library of Congress podcast about “Bolivar: American Liberator”

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Francisco Macias from the Library of Congress speaks with Marie Arana, who appeared at the National Book Festival on September 21, 2013, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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“Bolívar” wins the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in biography

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On April 11, 2014, Marie’s “Bolívar: American Liberator” won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography. The jury’s citation read: “In this glowing and exhilarating new biography on South American liberator and hero Simón Bolívar, the judges were swayed by the muscularity of Marie Arana’s prose, the grand sweep and enthralling emotions that she…

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Video about “Bolívar: American Liberator”

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Here is a video made just after the publication of “Bolívar: American Liberator” in the offices of Simon & Schuster. There are more of Marie’s talks you can watch about Bolívar: at Politics & Prose in Washington, for example. And, the latest, at the National Book Festival on the Capital Mall.

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Recent Interviews

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NPR, Time Magazine, WAMU Radio, Washingtonian, El Universal, Caretas (Peru), and others  interview Marie about Bolívar, the process of writing, and the Latin American character.   WAMU RADIO: Click here for the WAMU interview with Jonathan Wison conducted in Marie’s office at the Library of Congress. QUOTE: “You begin to think about power and how people…

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Marie’s NPR Interview

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“George Washington threw colonialists out of one country,” says the NPR, “but Simon Bolivar liberated six from Spanish rule.” In the interview that aired on April 13, the interviewer goes on to say: “Marie Arana has written a biography of the warrior statesman whose name is often invoked, but whose history is little understood. It’s called Bolivar:…

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Early reviews for “Bolívar: American Liberator”

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“Finally, Bolivar gets the sweeping biography he deserves. He was the greatest leader in Latin American history, and his tale is filled with lessons about leadership and passion. This book reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of history.” (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs ) “This is a magnificent story. Deeply researched…

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