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Beware of Limbo Dancers
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This witty, wide-ranging memoir from Roy Reed—a native Arkansan who became a reporter for the New York Times—begins with tales of the writer’s formative years growing up in Arkansas and the start of his career at the legendary Arkansas Gazette. Reed joined the New York Times in 1965 and was quickly thrust into the chaos of Alabama, witnessing first hand the Selma protest movement and the historical interracial march to Montgomery. His story moves from days of racial violence to the political combat of Washington. Reed covered the Johnson White House and the early days of the Nixon administration as it wrestled with the competing demands of black voters and southern resistance to a new world. The memoir concludes with engaging postings from New Orleans and London and other travels of a correspondent always on the lookout for new people, old ways, good company, and fresh outrages.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Who, What, Where, When, Why
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. 1. Learning to Fear Geese and Believe in Bears
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 2. Some People Who Improved Me
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. 3. Gazette Days
  2. pp. 21-25
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  1. 4. History Lesson
  2. pp. 27-32
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  1. 5. Moving South
  2. pp. 33-35
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  1. 6. A Stranger in New York
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. 7. Marching to Montgomery
  2. pp. 47-59
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  1. 8. Getting Away with Murder
  2. pp. 61-75
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  1. 9. Learning to Speak Times Talk
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. 10. The Murky Pearl and Other Graveyards
  2. pp. 81-87
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  1. 11. A Funeral Oration
  2. pp. 89-91
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  1. 12. Bigots I Have Known
  2. pp. 93-106
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  1. 13. Resisting the Resisters
  2. pp. 107-113
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  1. 14. You Want Your Power Black or with Cream?
  2. pp. 115-117
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  1. 15. Blurred Colors
  2. pp. 119-124
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  1. 16. Outrage by the Book
  2. pp. 125-129
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  1. 17. The Story Changes
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. 18. Reconstruction, Round Two
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. 19. Walking across Hell
  2. pp. 149-158
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  1. 20. Winding Down: Beale to Bourbon
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. 21. The White House
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. 22. The Viet Cong Has It In for Me
  2. pp. 169-182
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  1. 23. The Year I Lived with Hubert Humphrey
  2. pp. 183-187
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  1. 24. George Wallace Again
  2. pp. 189-195
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  1. 25. Southern Strategy Redux
  2. pp. 197-203
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  1. 26. Rescued in New Orleans
  2. pp. 205-228
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  1. 27. Dixie Takes Washington without Firing a Shot
  2. pp. 229-231
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  1. 28. London
  2. pp. 233-243
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  1. 29. Is There Life after the New York Times?
  2. pp. 245-255
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-261
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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