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Product Details

  • Series: African American Life Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814332609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814332603
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young's most memorable quotes.

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This little red book brings together many of the longtime Detroit Mayor’s most unforgettable lines in a format meant to recall the famous little red book of quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. It was first published in 1991 by Droog Press, a small Detroit-based press founded by a long-time reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. This new edition features quotations that did not make it into the original book and a chronology outlining Coleman Young’s life and career. Both insightful and entertaining, this is an essential reference for anyone interested in politics, black politics in particular, and political humor.

Some quotes from Coleman A. Young:

"Swearing is an art form. You can express yourself much more exactly, much more succinctly, with properly used curse words."

"Racism is like high blood pressure—the person who has it doesn’t know he has it until he drops over with a goddamned stroke. There are no symptoms of racism. The victim of racism is in a much better position to tell you whether or not you’re a racist than you are."

"I issue a warning to all those pushers, to all rip-off artists, to all muggers: It’s time to leave Detroit; hit Eight Mile Road! And I don’t give a damn if they are black or white, or if they wear Superfly suits or blue uniforms with silver badges. Hit the road."


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By Daryl Roberson on March 17, 2014
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Coleman Young was a straight shooting honest, blunt and hilarious. Great light read to check out. Read this and laugh!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doug Zabel on May 25, 2008
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I smiled all the way through this book and laughed out loud a dozen times. I had no idea what an irreverent and hilarious wit Detroit Mayor Coleman Young was. Fortunately for us, he was unrestrained by any concerns about political correctness. This is a thin little book but it's a hoot and would be a bargain at twice the price!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Levingston on December 18, 2012
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Best mayor Detroit ever had and u never knew what was going to come out of his mouth. So funny and brings back so many memory everyone from Detroit should read it. I give it 2thumbs up!!! Great book. Wish he was still alive and giving the government Hell
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony"Tuc-9"Tucker on February 7, 2008
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This book will have anyone,with a sense of humor(or any other kind of"sense"),doubling over in laughter!! I'd already owned this book for years,before a swindling relative"relieved"me of it...So I was delighted that Amazon,had this book for sale!! Mayor Coleman Young,was an intelligent as well as entertaining politician,who defeated the odds,and became the first black mayor,of a major U.S. city!!His unique perspectives on life are perfectly reflected,in this collection of his outrageously honest quotes...In order to really appreciate,this controversal and candid man(And what he's been through,and WHY,he thinks how he thinks,and says the things he says)you've got to first read his autobiography,aptly titled:"Hardstuff:The Autobiography of Mayor Coleman Young"which is available(for a bargain price)right here on Amazon..My two favorite quotes from"Quotations"are when being accused of talking about racism too much,Coleman astutely replied:"When I see racism,I talk about it." "I've done that ALL,my life."I HOPE to STOP,talking about it." "Do you know,WHEN,that will happen?!?" "When I don't SEE any more racism."and when asked about his putting blacks in key positions in City Hall,he responds:"That means more at the TOP for blacks."(because)"There aint no shortage of blacks out there behind them garbage trucks!" Buy the book to hear his HILLARIOUS(yet true)response to an elderly Japanese Interpreter(on a visit to Japan)who informed him that there were many Japanese words,that have differing meanings,depending upon the tone in which they are spoken.His(crazy)response,when asked to follow a Japanese host,who had donned a kimono,and performed a 400 year-old warrior dance,with a spear and fan,will have you in TEARS!!!His logical(and TOTALLY true)response to being accused of being paranoid,is NOT to be missed!!Read more ›
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