Tyler Bridges



Tyler Bridges, twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, is a journalist based in New Orleans for the Baton Rouge/New Orleans Advocate. He has also written for the Washington Post, Politico Magazine, and other publications. Bridges is the author of three books on Louisiana politics, was a 2011-12 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moor’s Cabot Award in 2010 for his 10 years of foreign reporting in South America, and was a Shorenstein Center Fellow at Harvard in the fall of 2017.  

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11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Book Talk
The Rise and Fall of David Duke

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Rise and Fall of David Duke

This is an update of a 1994 biography of David Duke, the country's most notorious racist and anti-Semite. The original book charted his political rise when he became a household name by championing white rights while running for governor in Louisiana. The updated version features a new title reflecting Duke's new political reality. It also includes four new chapters that outline Duke's political fall at the same time that the emergence of Donald Trump has given the former Klan grand wizard new visibility. The final chapter describes Duke's role in the 2017 Charlottesville protest. Duke may no longer count on widespread political support, but the Republican Party, led by Trump, has embraced many of the ideas that he pushed in the early 1990s during his political heyday.


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