Mark Whitaker: "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir"

Mark Whitaker - Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Mark Whitaker

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Mark Whitaker: "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir"

CNN executive, former Newsweek editor and award-winning journalist Mark Whitaker delves into the factual and emotional aspects of his family's complicated, interracial history.

It was the 1950s. He was one of the few African American students at Pennsylvania's Swarthmore College. She was a white French teacher. They fell in love, married - at a time when interracial marriage was banned in much of America - and a few years later, divorced. One of the couple's two children, Mark Whitaker, is managing editor of CNN Worldwide and the former editor of Newsweek. In a memoir, Whitaker explores his unusual family tree, his rift with his father, and why it's never too late to heal even the oldest wounds.

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Mark Whitaker

executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide.

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Excerpted from Mark Whitaker's "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir." Copyright 2011 by Mark Whitaker. Reprinted here by permission of Simon & Schuster:

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