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Barack Obama's speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial unity. Yet, in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided—as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore.
With President Obama's election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players—and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House.
Fracture traces the party's makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton's campaign represent an embrace of Obama's legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton's stand on race both similar to and different from Obama's, or from her husband's? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her—and what will happen if they don't?
Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, to illuminate three of the most important figures in modern political history, and how race can affect the crucial 2016 election and the future of America itself.
I highly recommend this to anyone who values a balanced human perspective on germaine events of our time.Published 4 days ago by Mark Collins
A must read. So much has been forgotten or not told at all.Published 13 days ago by Adrienne F. McDonald
Comprehensive review of the history of the rise of African Americans in the Democratic Party. The connections between President Obama and the Clinton is powerful and truly... Read morePublished 17 days ago by A. J. White
Informative book on the interaction between Pres. Obama & Sec. Clinton in his 1st term.
Well written book by Joy Reid... a most accomplished Liberal/Progressive writer. Read more
Lots of information and very well written. I really enjoyed it.Published 20 days ago by jackie triplett
This book is very informative and well written. Joy Reid has a wealth of knowledge about current politics and political history. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Vee Smith
Ms. Reid is one of the sharpest observer of the current political scene.Published 22 days ago by Fred Kemp