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Starred Review. Having already risen from poverty to become an ordained minister, a tenured professor at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of more than a dozen books (most recently Come Hell or High Water and Is Bill Cosby Right?), Dyson here cements his place as one of the most important voices on race in America today. Collecting 27 transcribed conversations involving an impressive list of thinkers-including scholars (Gary Orfield, Cornel West), politicians (John McCain, John Kerry) and pop-political commentators (Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher)-Dyson and company tackle practically every angle in America's experience of race, including the legacy of the civil rights movement, immigration reform, affirmative action, urban poverty and the war on terror. Throughout, Dyson proves as comfortable and incisive considering the scholarship of Foucault and Weber as he is examining the work of Tupac Shakur and N.W.A. Though his interlocutors run the gamut from sympathetic fellow travelers (Jesse Jackson, Tavis Smiley) to ideological adversaries (Dennis Miller, Ann Coulter), Dyson upholds a commitment to open, empathetic and intelligent dialogue, a rare treat in today's hyperpartisan, invective-heavy media. No matter what one's personal take, the quality and clarity of Dyson's ideas-and his dedication to the full and free expression of all viewpoints-makes this perhaps the best introduction to the current state of race in American society.
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Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Civitas Books; First edition/ 7th Printing edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465002064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465002061
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Sanity Inspector on August 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's just a sheaf of talking head transcripts, bound into book form. Dyson should have either worked this material into a real book, or posted podcasts of the original video on his website. No excuse for this, as it stands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Carter on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a magnificent public intellectual. His thoroughness of thought shows in his debates, and one can learn much from his work. You probably won't agree with all of Dr. Dyson's views, but he does accurately expresses some interesting insights into racial relations in the United States.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lucumi on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While it's true this is a collection of conversations taken over time, it's still a fascinating read. Dyson has to be one of the more vital academics out there and these talks somehow capture his vernacular in way that perhaps wouldn't happen in a traditional book format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Strickland on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dyson does a great job in dissecting the American mind. He talks about race in a way that forces us to deal with the problem of this country.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Roberts on February 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I agree with The Sanity Inspector's review; like too many of Dyson's books (Open Mike, The Michael Eric Dyson Reader, etc) Debating Race is too full of a rebundle of his transcribed talks, in large part, rather than new articles...While I like Mike, this was not one of his better works...
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By kelias on December 3, 2012
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This is a topic that Americans really needs to discuss/debate more. If Americans are in fact one large family, then talking it out gets the emotions in check - not avoidance. Great book!!!
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Always enjoy Dyson publications - He can write some thought provoking material which forces the reader to take a more in depth view of things. Would buy another publication of his.
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