"Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Mary Dudziak's book makes a spectacularly illuminating contribution to a subject traditionally neglected--the linkage between race relations and foreign policy: neither African-American history nor diplomatic history will be the same again."--Gerald Horne, author of Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois
"Reinhold Niebuhr once commented that blacks cannot count on the altruism of whites for improvements in blacks' condition. Readers who think Niebuhr's remark was unfair to whites need to read this book. Mary Dudziak documents, in impressive detail, how the self-interest of elite whites instigated, shaped, and limited civil rights gains for blacks during the Cold War years. Raises serious questions about the future of racial justice in America."--Richard Delgado, Jean Lindsley Professor of Law, University of Colorado
"This book is a tour de force. Dudziak's brilliant analysis shows that the Cold War had a profound impact on the civil rights movement. Hers is the first book to make this important connection. It is a major contribution to our understanding of both the Civil Rights movement and the Cold War itself. . . . Because it is beautifully written in clear, lively prose, and draws its analysis from dramatic events and compelling stories of people involved from the top level of government to the grass roots, it will be an outstanding book for both students and the general public. I recommend it with no hesitation and with great enthusiasm."--Elaine Tyler May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era
"This book reflects a growing interest among historians in the global significance of race. . . . It is accessible and will have multiple uses as an approach to civil rights history, as an examination of policy making, and as a model of how a study can be attentive to both foreign and domestic aspects of a particular issue. It is tightly argued, coherent, and polished, and it features some particularly fine writing."--Brenda Plummer, author of Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you think media coverage is intense now, you need to read this book.
It would have been helpful for Dudziak to discuss US business interests and the economic, imperial stakes in the management of US democratic identity abroad.
As I said, it is easy to read and I highly recommend it if you are interested in the Cold War and it's effects on the Civil Rights Movement.
Dudziak provides a refreshing look at the early civil rights movement. Focusing on the international effects of racial tensions in the mid twentieth century. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kenny
This book is a must for people who want to understand the political motivations for the advancement of civil rights in the US. Read morePublished 14 months ago by DaRRen
I purchased this book for my daughter who was required to read it for her summer reading.
She enjoyed the book.
I initially borrowed this book from a professor that I was working with on my honors thesis. After reading it, I had to purchase my own copy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alecia
Mary L. Dudziak argues that during the Cold War era, American empire -- cloaked in the false narrative of a plural, democratic, and capitalist America -- shaped and was shaped by... Read morePublished 17 months ago by jdesenso
I had to read this for a college course and it was just boring. If you're interested in the Cold War or Civil Rights, you may find this interesting, but otherwise you're going to... Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Monica
I bought this book for a graduate history class. As I began to write my paper for the class and got to the first citation i noticed that there are no page numbers. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Duncan Mcginnis