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Clay Risen is an editor for The New York Times op-ed section. Previously, he was an assistant editor at The New Republic and the founding managing editor of the noted quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. His recent freelance work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, Smithsonian and The Washington Post. His first book, “A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination,” was hailed as “compelling, original history” (Peniel Joseph) and “a crucial addition to civil rights history” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). He is also the author of “American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit.” His newest book is “The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act (Bloomsbury).