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The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-Racial America Hardcover – May 7, 2012

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"The underlying study on which Andra Gillespie hangs this portrait of Booker is the phenomenon she labels the 'entrepreneurial black politician' who attempts to move out the old guard—the black officeholders who forged victories based on the fruits of the civil rights movement."-Newark Star Ledger

"The New Black Politician will be of interest to all who ponder [Cory] Booker's political future in New Jersey."-Kathleen Daley,Star-Ledger Entertainment Desk

"Anybody with an acute interest in the future of black politics in "postracial" America should absolutely read this book."-Nick Peruffo,The Trentorian

"Gillespie has performed the difficult task of objectively evaluating her personal acquaintances in a way that adds to the understanding of urban politics in general."-CHOICE

"Interesting, thoughtful, and broad in its revelation of the post-racial black politician."-Andrea Simpson,author of The Tie That Binds

The New Black Politician is a telling and insightful analysis of the rise of Newark's city mayor Cory Booker, arguably one of the nation's most interesting and visible city mayors. Andra Gillespie goes deep into the inner working of that city's politics. She derives political meaning from what to causal observers looks like urban pandemonium. This remarkable book will have a significant impact on the study of black politics and, more broadly, on urban politics.”-Wilbur C. Rich,author of David Dinkins and New York City Politics: Race, Images, and the Media

"While centered on Booker's political life (his 1998 election to the Newark Municipal Council, when he defeated incumbent George Branch; his defeat in his 2002 run against Mayor Sharpe James, who held the office for 20 years (1986-2006); his successful campaign in 2006; his re-election in 2010), Gillespie fleshes out her account through reviews of relevant contemporary political theory and scores of interviews with largely political figures whose opinions about Booker are quite varied. The illustrations of campaign posters enliven and enrich the text."-Publishers Weekly

“A careful, detailed and penetrating case-study of one of the leading African American politicians of the post-civil rights era, this groundbreaking work will allow political science students to compare and contrast both his electoral strategies with his administrative strategies in trying to revitalize this moribund urban area. The nature and scope of this unparalleled scholarly work is bold, imaginative, and timely.”-Hanes Walton, Jr.,co-author of The African American Electorate

“In The New Black Politician, Gillespie confirms her place as a leading scholar of racial politics. Using a lengthy period of close observation, Gillespie provides an astute account of Mayor Cory Booker's experience in juggling the cross-pressures at work in Newark, New Jersey. Newark proves in Gillespie's able hands to be an illuminating case of tensions between generations, between classes, and, above all, between high aspirations and a difficult reality.”-Clarence N. Stone,author of Regime Politics: Governing Atlanta, 1946-1988

About the Author

Andra Gillespie is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814732445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814732441
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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