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"There is brutal candour in Reed's argument, which often feels refreshing in light of the euphemisms and platitudes typically expressed in both polite discourse and the media's self-scrutiny .  .  . Whether or not one agrees with Reed, one can only be entertained by his gleeful barbs and edgy turns-of-phrase. He names names and shames with derision."  —Montreal Review of Books



“Among American writers, Ishmael Reed is probably the one whose sensibility is closest to jazz.” —New York Times


“The brightest contributor to American satire since Mark Twain.”  —Nation


"Reed’s prose style resembles the youthful Ali’s ring style.” —New York Times Book Review


"Brilliant!"  —Jill Nelson, award-winning novelist and journalist


"I hope his book will lead to more journalistic self-reflection and intellectual honesty."  —Werner Sollers, Harvard University


“Just when you think that Reed is exaggerating, or being one-dimensional in his analysis of racial issues, he’ll open another page of American history and show you something new.”  David Homel, Rover Arts


"Reed's writing is incisive and astute; impassioned and amusing. He fully researches his topics and makes a decisive stand based on the facts, as he sees it. . . . An unabashed mixture of political polemic, scathing wit and cultural commentary -- a jazz-like riff that is purely Ishmael Reed." —phati'tude Literary Magazine (June 1, 2011)

About the Author

Ishmael Reed is an important American poet, novelist, playwright, and song writer who has taught at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and the University of California–Berkeley. He is author of Japanese by Spring, The Terrible Twos, and Writin' Is Fightin': Thirty-seven Years of Boxing on Paper. He lives in Oakland, California.

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Baraka Books (July 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981240577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981240572
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ishmael Reed (b. 1938) is an acclaimed multifaceted writer whose work often engages with overlooked aspects of the American experience. He has published ten novels, including Flight to Canada and Mumbo Jumbo, as well as plays and collections of essays and poetry. He was nominated for a National Book Award in both poetry and prose in 1972. Conjure (1972), a volume of poetry, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and his New and Collected Poems: 1964-2006 (2007) received a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. Reed has also received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Blues Song Writer of the Year award from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the National Institute for Arts and Letters, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Reed taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for thirty-five years and currently lives in Oakland, California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By U Pack on May 11, 2014
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Insightful. Stirring. Passionate. Dr. Reed continues to reveal the truth and fill in the gaps. His revelations should be juxtaposed alongside of current media talking points in order to expose the hypocrisies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sagar Jethani on April 18, 2013
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Incendiary and delightful, Reed squarely confronts the notion that the election of the nation's first African-American president means we have entered a post-racial environment. This collection of essays covers a lot of ground, including the media's narrow coverage of race, the extremism of the resurgent right, and the complex dynamics of Barack Obama's election to the presidency.

Not for the faint-hearted, but recommended.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mike Dube on March 2, 2011
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Reed shows the context and persuasive influence of racism in our American culture, how it affected the pre-eelction primary atmosphere leading up to the 2008 presidential election. He again exposes the cultural, subliminal stereotypes applied to minorities and women by the mainstream media: for example, how black men are often portrayed as abusive and irresposible, while their white counterparts are as much so; how Reverend Wright, a former U.S. Marine, is lambasted as being a neo-terrorist because he is critical of Zionism is the U.S. and Israel, while many of his counterparts and critics on religious right most of whom have never served in the military, have said horrendous anti-Semetic slurs. A superb read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sundowner on February 3, 2013
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This writers has understands whats happening in America today. I am not sure I agree with everything but it is interesting.
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