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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (December 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385499310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385499316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,314,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This collection of essays from popular syndicated radio and BET talk-show host Tavis Smiley hinges on his philosophy of self-improvement through community involvement. Smiley tackles racism with a quick wit, relying on the rich historical legacy of African American achievement to make his points while avoiding social-science stereotypes. At its core, Doing What's Right is a call to action. After briefly outlining some of the societal problems he sees, Smiley lists specific ways to begin solving them on both a local and national level. Railing against cynicism, he emphasizes the power of the individual to make a difference, challenging readers to fight for causes they believe in. Interjecting his own biography throughout the book, Smiley recounts his origins as a community advocate at the age of 13 and the tragedy that led him to devote himself to his community. Now, with an audience of millions, Smiley's message is being heard on a grand scale. Using hooks such as seven "land mines of Democracy," five reasons "why people shy away from advocates," and a slew of "Tavis Tips," he succeeds in bridging practical advice and an inspirational message. Equal parts Norman Vincent Peale and Dear Abby, Smiley is proof that the seeds of human self-esteem always outgrow the weeds of self-doubt. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this commentary, TV talk show host Smiley points out that because our neighborhoods are unsafe, our communities are falling apart, and our most basic values are being destroyed by the Oval Office, we should stand up and take action for those causes we believe in.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By WAN B. on February 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Tavis did a wonderful job with this book. It was easy to read/understand and I got a lot out of it. I hadn't ever even considered being an advocate for anything or anybody until I read this book. After reading this book I realized that there are things that are important to me that I would like to see improvement on and now I know how to go about doing something about it. Thanks Tavis.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on January 25, 2000
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Doing what's right is a must have for both liberals and conservatives. Tavis Smiley keeps the reader on his/her toes with his sharp and decisive insights on the world today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glennis P. Gray on July 12, 2000
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Tavis writes what should be an inspiring and enlightening book for us all. He has reawakened a consciousness in all people that portrays the fact that we must take a stand for something or we will fall for anything. In every way we must continue to encourage each other to rise, take action and make a difference, which is what advocacy is all about anyway. Tavis gives us the inspiration to do just that. Thanks Tavis for the uplifting words that will bring us out of complacency and into ACTION!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melva Bradford on August 9, 2005
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This was a very informative book. It gave true life accounts of everyday events and how to cope with it.
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By she speaks on June 1, 2011
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As a founder of a speakers guild, I was digging thru to find an example of who I "wanted to be like" and funny enough, my friends call me 'Lady Tavis' because of my paralleled experiences to the overcoming of attitude, arrogance and humble moments in my life. So often my words got me into stuff that I couldn't get out of, but humility (as Tavis mentions often) will often times be a saving grace. Tavis takes time to share...and I'm grateful for his simple read, sincere sharing and giving this book his all!! This one is worth passing on or buying for your up and coming high school students who have big dreams but unsure of how to pursue the next step!
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By Laurie on January 25, 2000
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Doing what's right is a must have for both liberals and conservatives. Tavis Smiley keeps the reader on his/her toes with his sharp and decisive insights on the world today.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AMOS L. ELLIS JR on February 24, 2001
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Very inspirational, uplifting and encouraging. Mr. Smiley really does provide an outline for any one intrested in being an advocator for something they believe in and motivation and encouragement for those that are already advocating but are feeling like giving up. Two thumbs up.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2000
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I love this book. Instead of wild rhetoric, farfetched solutions, and fingerpointing, Brother Smiley not only shares the message of self-empowerment, he gives people a constructive and educational guide on how to do this and improve their lives and condition. Muy bueno senor!
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