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The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Al Sharpton
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Book Description

Lord knows, Rev Al has had his personal and very public ups and downs - but he's come out bigger and better than ever. Though the host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation is as fiery and outspoken as ever about the events and issues that matter most, he's learned that the only way we can get right as a nation is by getting right from within.

In this, his first book in over a decade, Rev Al will take you behind the scenes of some unexpected places – from officiating Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston’s funerals, hanging out with Jay-Z and President Barack Obama at the White House, to taking charge of the Trayvon Martin case. And he will discuss how he came to his unexpected conclusions in such areas as Immigration, Gay Rights, Religion and the Family. But the heart of the book is an intimate discussion of his own personal evolution from street activist, pulpit provocateur and civil rights leader to the man he is today - one hundred pounds slimmer, and according to the New York Observer “the most thoughtful voice on cable.” No, the Rev. Al you met ten years ago isn’t the same man you’ll meet today. And he has a simple promise. We can transform this nation and we can all lead better lives if we're willing to transform our hearts and transform our minds.

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Sharpton has come a long way from street activist to political commentator on ­MSNBC. Does his high status hurt his image as a rabble-rouser? Sharpton argues that leadership requires adaptability and the wisdom to change when it’s appropriate. Interweaving life lessons learned from relationships with larger-than-life personalities, from Adam Clayton Powell Jr. to James Brown to Michael Jackson, Sharpton emphasizes the importance of persistence and hard work. Placing himself in the context of a liberal progressive, he nonetheless criticizes the degrading elements of hip-hop culture and laments high rates of illegitimate births among African Americans. But while promoting black success stories, he is short on analysis of the complexities that have led to self-destructive behavior among black youth. A staunch Obama supporter, in defense of criticism of the president by liberals, he notes that the president cannot read our minds and charges black leaders with responsibility to push a black agenda that the president cannot because he is the president of all Americans. In his own way, Sharpton is telling black leadership that it is time to step up. --Vernon Ford

About the Author

Al Sharpton is a political and social activist in the fight against injustice.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2685 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936399474
  • Publisher: Cash Money Content (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AK6UV6C
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77 of 105 people found the following review helpful
By K Dodds
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will update when I finish the book. amazon have some dignity and stop those haters with no intention of purchasing or reading this book from reviewing on your site. These comments read like the hate messages based on race posted throughout the internet and we need to keep this place for book reviews. Buy it, read it, or shut up. I promise an updated review when I finish the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The need to be taken seriously March 4, 2014
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I thought that the book was relax reading. The title "The Rejected Stone" is so in-keeping with Revenue Sharpton's feeling of not being good enough. I feel that history has proved Rev. Sharpton. He remained committed, focused and dedicated to his desire to become not just a preacher, but a man of God, committed to a cause that is bigger than himself regardless of sacrifice. The book follows his life including his struggle with his image, and the criticism he endured as he matured recognizing his need for change. All in all "The Rejected Stone", I felt, was honest and sincere. and did a good job explaining The Rev Al Sharpton.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING READ November 18, 2013

“Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me.” That’s an old quote that stands true today. The Rev. Al Sharpton’s book, “Rejected Stone” is an exciting, informative, never boring read. It's a teach you lesson that takes you on a journey from Al’s childhood (in Brownsville Brooklyn) to the present. You'll learn about his family, a father who deserted him and the family, and the struggles that had to be faced (No electricity, barely enough food, etc). You'll see how the Rev. was always on a mission, preaching from the age of 4. He talks about "flawed leaders," his mistakes, the evaluation of his philosophy of life/living. He gives you directions in regard to shaping your goals, picking friends, lifting yourself. This is a valuable book for anyone who wants to better themselves and/or learn who the real Rev. Al Sharpton has become and is headed. I highly recommend this book. You won't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A pure race baiter; a pure racist November 5, 2014
This book is complete fraud. It espouses Sharpton's alleged honesty in all things. What a lie.

He promotes the continuing dysfunction of people like actress Daniele Watts, who has become more well-known for pulling the race card prior to being briefly detained by the LAPD than for her role in the movie Django Unchained. She blames her conduct on society and the allegedly racially-charged shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. How braindead can a person get. Sharpton is all about this sort of racism, and he perpetrates it all the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey July 24, 2014
By queenc
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I loved this book. I had a different opinion of Rev Sharpton even when I met him several years ago. This book however, has completely changed the way I think and feel about him. I was able to join him on a interesting and sometimes frightening journey through history recalling the situations he describes in his book and reminding myself of my own state of being and view of the world at that time. I chose this book as a Book Club read and it clearly generated a wealth of conversation about real world events and its impact on culture, race and gender.
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38 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REMARKABLE October 9, 2013
By Diane
A timely book about Rev Sharpton's life experiences and his belief in the ability to transform and affect change. A thoughtful recounting of events in his life that led to change and personal transformation. Insights from a man who was there into the events in our country's political history that lead to a deeper understanding of how we can act as examples to affect change in our own lives as well as others. His personal story is important because it frames a greater insight for the reader to understand Rev. Sharptons viewpoints.
I don't have problems with negative reviews here but it's unfortunate that the racists and hate-mongers are giving bad reviews when it's obvious they haven't read the book at all. This book couldn't have been released at a better time for the people who love this country and the values that it represents. Thanks Rev. Sharpton.
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21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Lesson Plan in Leadership. October 20, 2013
For someone who, up until the spring of this year, only remember Rev Al fr his Tawana Brawley years, this book, literally blew my mind away. 100% percent. I stopped listening and watching anything that talked about him or featured him. He belonged in the category called 'Demagogue', the quintessential example. I must admit, it is more accurate to say I despised this man who wore the most godawful clothes, with the most godawful hair, said the most godawful things on TV and then, to top it all off, so atrociously obese!! He repulsed my 20-something, Filipino-American immigrant eyes. He was, I strongly felt, what's wrong with this supposedly great nation.

Fast forward in time. I am in my late 40's and end up attending a Saturday Rally of his at National Action Network in Harlem (very, very long story on how I ended up there). Imagine my shock to listen to and find a man who is nowhere even close, not even in the same galaxy, as what I had thought of him to be. Quite the opposite. His words that Saturday morning inspired, challenged and exemplified all that being a selfless servant leader is. I could tell, though I had no evidence of it at the time, this was NOT lip service. It can only be spoken from such conviction and passion, and felt by another powerfully, by someone who lives in the trenches of it.

Here, in this book, for one quite ignorant of him, hadn't followed him, don't watch him in anything whatsoever, I have the documentation on why I felt why I felt then; on how one such as he can speak, move and have the place at the table that he has. It is to the benefit of those at the table that he chooses to be there. It is a benefit to everyone that he sits at the table for all of us. YES, THIS IS A DRAMATIC TURN OF PERSPECTIVE FOR ME.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars al sharpton is a terrorist
Al sharpton is a domestic terrorist. The dude should be arrested for the problems he ( and the liberal media ) caused in Ferguson. The democrats are a bunch of liars and frauds.
Published 2 days ago by Ikihi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Better than I thought it would be. I liked reliving some of the history.
Published 7 days ago by Cheryl A. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It is extremely rare for me to give anything five stars but this book deserves it. The content and purpose of the book, in my view, is for us to focus on becoming more than we are. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Truth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 25 days ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great sale
Published 27 days ago by William H Still jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Great job by Rev
Great job by Rev. Sharpton. This was a very enjoyable book. You will not be disappointed when you read this book.
Published 1 month ago by waterlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inspiring and uplifting
Published 1 month ago by Jenifer Travel
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was recommended to me by a friend
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I wasn't a big fan of Rev. Al, but decided to read his book anyway. I'm so glad I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luv Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, great read. Enjoyed this book from cover to cover.
Published 1 month ago by Zilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Please read it!
Great book, very candid!
Published 1 month ago by Shay
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