Hear author Bliss Broyard and journalist Yaroslav Trofimov on this edition of Fresh Air.
Bliss Broyard has written a new family memoir: One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life - A Story of Race and Family Secrets. Her father was the literary critic Anatole Broyard, who died in 1990. Bliss, who was raised in Connecticut, was 24 when she learned that her father concealed his black heritage. In her book she embarks on a search for her father's mixed racial lineage. Broyard is also the author of the short-story collection My Father, Dancing.
Then, Yaroslav Trofimov, a staff foreign correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. In his new book, The Siege of Mecca, he traces the beginning of the global jihad to an incident that occurred on November 20, 1979. It was the first morning of the new Muslim century, and hundreds of gunmen seized Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The men came from dozens of countries. Trofimov is also the author of Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. [Broadcast Date: September 27, 2007]