- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Times Books; 2 Reprint edition (1 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805070842
- ISBN-13: 978-0805070842
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,227,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How Race Is Lived in America Paperback – 1 May 2002
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." . . has gotten to the rich and complicated heart of the most persistently difficult theme in our country's history."----Nicholas Lemann
Drawn from the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series, these are "powerful, troubling essays on the most urgent and significant of subjects"
. . . has gotten to the rich and complicated heart of the most persistently difficult theme in our country's history. "Nicholas Lemann"
Drawn from the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series, these are "powerful, troubling essays on the most urgent and significant of subjects "Kirkus Reviews""
About the Author
The" New York Times" team is comprised of Ira Berkow, Dana Canedy, Timothy Egan, Amy Harmon, Steven A. Holmes, N. R. Kleinfield, Charlie LeDuff, Tamar Lewin, Mireya Navarro, Mirta Ojito, Kevin Sack, Janny Scott, Don Terry, Ginger Thompson, and Michael Winerip.
Joseph Lelyveld is executive editor of "The New York Times."
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That said hold onto you seat for a bumpy read about a subject that upsets most of us & still fills us with dread & hope.
There are 15 articles written by 15 very different reporters - each focusing on an aspect of race relations that speaks particularly to them. I cannot separate them here for you - suffice to write that each article will put you through your complacency paces, set your nerves ajangling & raise a host of old ghosts most of us wish would lay low.
How are race relations lived today? Very, very carefully & rather schizophrenically for the most part & for other parts? Pure, teeth-grinding swallowings of crow food, blundering inconsiderations - hell, they treat their dogs better! & hope - what a faint & fragile zephyr is hope!
While we may no longer have to storm into Cicero to demand equal rights to live in equally pleasant homes - we sure are determined to judge each other for the way we talk, about what we talk, the way we walk & to where we walk, even the way we say hello - the color of our skin may be the least of it!
In the end both photographers & reporters speak their piece about their piece & make peace with the process - their stories are as vital as the previous ones & just as telling as they tell about their own prejudices, foregone assumptions & epiphanies.
How Race Is Lived in America touches each & every one of us: from the farmer in the field watching Indians drive by on their way to a hunt he is no longer allowed to make to the dainty dames in Southern places who simply can't understand what all the fuss is about; to athletes whose prowess on the field is less than their will to survive; to best friends torn apart by the pressures of their cultures to laborers in bloody jobs whose blood all runs red & to anyone who sees others shrink away because of their skin color & what it symbolizes.
This is a keeper for it will take quite a while to think through the dust these reporters have raised! It is appropriate that a Pulitzer Prize has been awarded for this moving & troubling effort.
Sincerly, Malik Padgett