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My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding Hardcover – 1 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 717 pages
  • Publisher: Free Speech Books (Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892796007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892796004
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Before you condemn me, hear me out!
If you really are open-minded and tolerant of different ideas and personalities, I challenge you to read this book. I promise tht you will find that I and my ideas are profoundly different than the characterization of the media. More importantly, you will experience ideas and research that will interest and challenge you. I have been deluged with many wonderful letters received from both academics and average working people who have been fascinated and moved by My Awakening. I invite you take a look inside the thoughts and the person that the media "loves to hate."

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It is rare, in this world of trivial writing for mass consumption, to come across a book that can truly be described as "life changing". This is particularly so in the world of politics, where case after case of sleazy deals, exposed by the media, has wearied the public into an uneasy acceptance that politicians are a necessary evil. Broken promises, lies and "spin" have callused us, and a feeling is pervasive that our elected representatives cannot possibly be quite as stupid as they appear. A vague feeling is fostered that high level conspiracy is in the air.
When I saw David Duke's book, "My Awakening", advertised these were some of the concepts that came to my mind. Here will be another politician setting himself up to "con" the people, I thought. There was, however, something about David Duke's rather colourful past, those parts that I knew about anyway, that awakened a spark of recognition in me. Maybe, just maybe, here might be a kindred spirit. A real seeker after Truth. I decided to part with my cash and buy his book. I was not disappointed.
From the title page, where he quotes George Orwell's maxim that, "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act", he had me hooked. His enthusiasm and candour soon convinced me of his sincerity, and I found the book such a revelation that I had to force myself to put it down. David Duke made me aware of facts that previously, if someone had told me them in ordinary conversation, or they had come from another source, I would have dismissed as sheer mischief making. "My Awakening", however, is deeply researched and meticulously referenced. Every time I thought, "No ! That can't be", I discovered a numbered reference at the back of the book showing me exactly where that fact had been sourced from.
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Well the final straw for me was the Cincinnati riots. I was, albeit reluctantly, persuaded to read Mr Dukes book by an energetic friend of mine. I say reluctantly because I was aware of Mr Duke's previous association with certain political persuasions and groups. Breath of fresh air springs to mind when I think of the writings presented in this book. So often political groups or individuals on both sides of the spectrum indulge in an orgy of slandering, hissing, spitting and downright obscene behaviour whenever race is mentioned, but here is book that tackles the most controversial subjects of our time, logically, calmly, evenly and always with vast references to sources of evidence. It also calls into question our supposedly unbiased and truthful media! It is evident by the writings in this book that the modern popular media are not playing ball when it comes to balanced reporting. I for one shall be relying on the Internet more and more, and doing my own investigations on news items, rather than believing the utter lies that the modern media dishes up as balanced news reporting!
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David Duke is a talented writer. He does not subscribe to media repression and government hypocrisy. In fact he urges those who can think for themselves an opportunity to do just that. This book is an enlightening view of race in the world today and historically. The author writes about his transformation as an average american, beleiving what the media dictated, to his racial awakening and opinions today. David Duke emphasizes how important race is, and how we should embrace our differences, not be manipulated into thinking we are all the same. He states that history, more than anything, is the true measure of a race. He uses doctors, scholars and historians, to relay this message of difference. This book does not proclaim or endorse hatred, only difference. Excellent reading with many documented facts and examples that make one think twice about the message they are getting from the media and government. Whether you love or hate David Duke, the reading is very thought provoking and will challenge your opinions on many levels.
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On art paper, with some b/w photos and illustrations, 700 plus pages - this is literally a heavy book. My edition is 2008 printing; the previous was 2002. Published by 'Free Speech Press', it shows some signs of typical small press production - for example there are a few typos and spacing errors left by the word processing software. If anything this adds to the genuine feel of the book - it hasn't been combed through by innumerable editors. It has been translated into 'a number' of languages. Another book, Jewish Supremacism, 'has been translated into fourteen languages', more than one million in print.

The layout is good - it has an index, mostly proper names and book titles, and, following that, a list of about 1,000 endnote references. These are in sequence in the book, and I infer that the software used had automated numbering, since some of the chapters seem to have been enlarged to include events which happened after the first printing - such as 9/11. His references generally don't include the date of first publication, which can be irritating when considering books which include revelations - for example about the Russian 'Revolution' or events after the Second World War.

'My Awakening' is in four parts, the final two being the longest; they deal with:-

I: AN AMERICAN SON - his early life - including accounts of Louisiana landscape and ecology, and his studies, and influences on him as regards race - a black housekeeper and black mechanics, for example; and Carleton Putnam's 'Race and Reason'.

II: RACE AND REALITY - an account of his researches into race. Duke comes across as a serious and inquisitive student, much more so than most.
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