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No Matter What...They'll Call This Book Racist: How our Fear of Talking Honestly About Race Hurts Us All Hardcover – April 17, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; First American Edition, 1st Printing edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594036004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594036002
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No book I've read better captures (and documents) the utter disingenuousness of America's racial politics over the past half century—the lazy moral unctuousness of white guilt on the one hand, the shakedown mentality of today's civil rights establishment on the other. But what makes this a compelling read is the way Stein—a cultural journeyer—finds his own moral and political center by unraveling this recent history. He certainly will be called a "racist," which is why this book is so brave."

—Shelby Steele

"I sometimes hear from parents who have been appalled to learn that the child they sent away to college to become educated has instead been indoctrinated with the creed of the left. They often ask if I can suggest something to have their offspring read over the summer, in order to counteract this indoctrination.This year the answer is a no-brainer: No Matter What... They'll Call This Book Racist by Harry Stein. In a little over 200 very readable pages, the author deftly devastates with facts the nonsense about race that dominates much of what is said in the media and in academia...Stein says that his purpose is 'to talk honestly about race.' He accomplishes that purpose in a fact-filled book that should be a revelation, especially to young people of any race, who have been fed a party line in schools and colleges across America."

—Thomas Sowell

About the Author

A journalist and novelist, Harry Stein is the author of How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (and Found Inner Peace) and I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican. He is a contributing editor to City Journal.

More About the Author

A graduate of Pomona College and Columbia's School of Journalism, over the course of his career Harry Stein has authored eleven books, both fiction and non-fiction; co-founded a magazine in Paris; and worked as a columnist for publications ranging from TV Guide to Esquire, where he created the Ethics column, among the most popular features in that magazine's long history. Since the publication in 2000 of his 'How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (and Found Inner Peace),' recounting his journey to conservatism from the precincts of the left, he has been known primarily for his writing on politics and popular culture. He is currently a contributing editor at City Journal.

Customer Reviews

Definitely deserving of the 5 star rating.
Absorbing his words, you feel as though you're benefiting from a conversation with an old friend who has a lot to say and expresses it much better than you ever will.
R. Mitchell
While a lot of blacks will view this book as racist, Mr. Stein's true accounts are a breath of fresh air.

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143 of 154 people found the following review helpful By J.J. Sefton on April 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A couple of weeks ago, I read an advance copy of Harry Stein's ("How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy and Found Inner Peace," "I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican") latest "No Matter What, They'll Call This Book Racist" (Encounter Books, release date 4/17/12). In light of the Soldedad O'Brien Critical Race Theory embarrassment and the geschrei from the usual gang of thugs about voter ID laws, I half-jokingly thought that the author could delay publishing the book, but the minute it goes to press something else is sure to happen. Cue the Trayvon Martin incident.

Race-baiting, demagoguery and the perpetuation of the eternal victim myth have allowed the left to keep black America in bondage for over 50 years while the merchants of multiculturalism eat away at our society and pervert Dr. King's credo of content of character over color of skin. The book dovetails history with current events as it examines, as liberals like to say, the real "root causes" of why black America is the way it is; affirmative action, the absent black father, multiculturalism and today's black culture that applauds reprehensible behavior as "authentic" while persecuting "Uncle Toms" and "sellouts" who have rejected this and embraced and thrived in mainstream America. There's also a fascinating chapter comparing the lives and beliefs of the forgotten Booker T. Washington and the wrongly celebrated W.E.B. DuBois and, crucially one spotlighting black conservatives who are the hope for the future. And who knew that Eldridge Cleaver, in his later years, not only castigated black America for embracing Islam but became a conservative and Republican?

Definitely a must-read, especially in light of what is happening now. It's crucial, I think, to not be silenced about what's going on here and have the courage to speak honestly and openly about this issue.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By R. Mitchell on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been a devoted fan of Harry Stein's essays, fiction and political
books for thirty years now. His latest outing, `No Matter What They'll
Call This Book Racist' is perhaps his best and certainly most
important achievement yet. And with the Martin-Zimmerman case
dominating the headlines, airwaves, and national conversation, it
couldn't be timelier. `No Matter What They'll Call This Book Racist'
is a superbly written, riveting, all-encompassing examination of the
most divisive and endlessly troubling issue in American history.

As Stein notes in the beginning, right after assuming office, Attorney
General Eric Holder gave a speech commemorating Black History month in
which he called the American people `a nation of cowards.' As if it
weren't one of the most argued and discussed subjects of the last
half-century, Holder called for a national dialogue on the subject of
race. Well, there's nothing cowardly about `No Matter What They'll
Call this Book Racist.' But I have a funny feeling that this is not
the sort of one-sided mea culpa dialogue Holder had in mind. On the
contrary, this is an honest, no holds-barred attack on those who have
been allowed to control the racial narrative far too long.

The title, as Stein acknowledges, came from a Tea Party demonstrator who held
aloft the message: `No matter what this sign says they'll still call
it racist.' If not original, it's a masterful pre-emptive strike
against his inevitable detractors. I only hope he's got his seatbelt
fastened and crash helmet on.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The subject of race is the most polarizing and contentious topic in American politics. Given America's history, it is not hard to see why. The legacy of slavery, Civil war, and Civil rights struggle has left an indelible mark on the American soul. Nonetheless, America as a whole has come a long way in terms of its race relations. Americans of all ages and walks of life have become increasingly less racist in their outlook, and the ugliest instances of racism have all but vanished from most places. However, over the past half a century there has been a steady increase in the cottage industry of race-baiters and professional race-centered activists.

Harry Stein is one of the most insightful and self-deprecatingly amusing cultural commentators in America today. His book I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican was a Godsend to all of us conservatives living in an overwhelmingly liberal environments. In that book Stein has used his own experiences and observations to turn the mirror on smug liberals living inside echo chambers and expose the paucity of their thoughts and arguments when faced with actual dissent. Now, in "No matter what ..." Stein is taking on the subject of race, one of the most sacrosanct pillars in the liberal pantheon of political and social issues. With his characteristic bluntness and sincerity, Stein talks about the issues that have dominated the politics of race for decades. Unfortunately, most of those issues have become so controversial that just talking about them can label someone a "racist," the fact that Stein alludes to in the very title of this book.
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