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The White Negro Paperback – November 1, 1967


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  • Paperback: 27 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Books (November 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872860310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872860315
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,849,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David P. Keys on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Of course squares would see Mailer's WHITE NEGRO as perverse psychobabble. In fact, Mailer was on the cutting edge most of his life, even in his later years when saw the Vietnam War as an obscenity, supported Muhammed Ali as a hero, understood the death penalty as useless symbolism of retribution...As this book demonstrates, Mailer saw what took others a decade to get their minds around as the Beats evolved into Hippies. He even states that the drop-out psyche of the Beats would morph into politically sensitive radicals, which indeed did occur. The WHITE NEGRO is Mailer's first attempt at the sort of journalism he mastered in the 1960s with ARMIES OF THE NIGHT and EXECUTIONER'S SONG. This is heavy stuff and brings its readers to the brink of a social movement that continues to shake to the planet.
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9 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Cwn_Annwn on January 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
This has to be the stupidest book I have read in a long time. I thought it might be a colorful look into the world of whites who immersed themselves into the black jazz scene in the 1940s and 50s. What I got was Norman Mailer doing some very weird and typically Jewish projecting psychoanalysis of these whites. Everything revolves around sex, tearing down society, criminal behaviour and psychopathology to these people in Mailers mind. While more often than not the white Jazz hipsters were complete misfits or just engaging in misguided rebellion Mailers reflections are so bizarre and perverse its almost humorous. The White Negro is totally uselss mental masterbation.
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