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An American Story Hardcover – September 19, 2000
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Ms Dickerson seems to have bountiful book knowledge, but not necessarily emotional intelligence. Unless she is in charge, she doesn't seem to do well.Read more ›
Dickerson also offers extraordinary perspective into her own behavior and the behavoir of those around her. At every turn she analyzes her motivations and separates out issues of race and personal identity. With sparkling insight, she digs right to the core of human behavior.
Book groups and other readers will find themselves mulling over such topics as obstacles to maximizing personal potential and to what degree our race/religion/ethnic identity affects our life choices.
By the time I finished this book, I felt as if I had just completed a soul-searching conversation with an old friend.
Debra Dickerson fits every conceivable definition of a hero. The frustrating thing about her strenuous autobiography, "An American Story," is that she's a person the reader wants to like, but can't. Her journey from the hardscrabble life of the working poor through her years as a star at Harvard Law School can hardly be more compelling. She overcomes the multiple demons of racism, class oppression, family violence and heartbreaking personal insecurity and propels herself through a challenging education, transformative career in the air force, and finally into the highest echelons of America's political and jouralistc elite, all the while gaining new and valuable insights into the intricate interrelationships of politics, economics, race, sex and class. She emerges as a compelling new voice in the intellectual community as America enters its next stage of social development in the 21st century.
The respect she commands for her achievements could never be denied her by anyone. Yet for all she accomplishes in her remarkable life, the tone of her book resonates with anger, most of it richly justified, and insecurity, all of it rather sad. For all of the thinking she does, from her time as a child petrified by her abusive father through her many misadventures as an ambitious Air Force officer and in law school, she never seems to arrive at the conclusions she wants, and confusion remains with her right until the end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great true rags to riches story that explores the social and emotional complexities of that journey.Published 7 months ago by Shoppin' Mom
This is a great book for hardworking women from a less fortunate socio-economic background. I like how the author comments on the racism and mediocrity of the middle class and... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by BO Books
I am grateful to this black female for expressing her self-doubts, her ignorance, and her insights. From time to time we all feel that we travel this world alone. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by David Forel
I have never felt so cheated by a narrative! When I started into Debra Dickerson's story, I was stunned by her storytelling abilities. Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by N. B. Kennedy
I had never heard of Debra Dickerson before running across this book in a local thrift store. And I guess she's not exactly "famous. Read morePublished on January 31, 2009 by Timothy J. Bazzett
Excellent book autobiography of Ms. Dickerson, well written gripping story of her life experiences and her realization of her own self worth.Published on May 31, 2007 by F. Vedro
how is it that you can write a book about racial unfairness and then make proclaimations about someone else's 'blackness'? Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by jinxinva
I am 62 years old and found Debra's story to be my story. Her historical journey allowed me to revisit what was going on in my life and how I got this far and as fate or God would... Read morePublished on October 9, 2005 by Beverly Smith
Typical whining Harvard Law School brainwashed product, nothing to say and says it poorly. (I know, I graduated from HLS). AvoidPublished on December 21, 2004 by D. C. Carrad