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Lewis's lean and lyrical writing rescues Du Bois's stuffy, Afro-Victorian speech from historical documents, breathing life into his letters, memos, and numerous articles, both published and unpublished. He takes us through Du Bois's battles with the NAACP (which he cofounded); his ideological wars with "Back to Africa" nationalist Marcus Garvey; his many Pan-African conferences; and his tours of Africa, Japan, Russia, and China. He probes deeply into many of Du Bois's books, including Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil and Black Reconstruction, adding marvelous new insights into the neglected novel Dark Princess. Lewis also details Du Bois's relationships with friends and foes alike, including James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Alain Locke, as well as his triumphs, such as his acquittal in the infamous trial in which he was accused of being an "unregistered foreign agent," and his defeats, notably his failure to publish his Encyclopedia Africana.
A foremost authority on this great man, Lewis summarizes Du Bois as having "an extraordinary mind of color in a racialized century ... possessed of a principled impatience with what he saw as the egregious failings of American democracy that drove him, decade by decade, to the paradox of defending totalitarianism in the service of a global idea of economic and social justice." A reading of this magnificent work is nothing less than a reading of modern black America. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very informative work on the second part of the life of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois. Scholarly, at best.Published 2 months ago by Shaun A. Stokes
I'm not sure if the subject would have chosen the title for his biography. more like fight against accomodation. Du Bois lost and the NAACP won.Published 14 months ago by Hamza Mohammed
A good bit of information but not very well written. It assumes the reader already knows a lot. Maybe I should have read the first book.Published 20 months ago by Wade L Anthony
David Levering Lewis never disappoints his readers. As with the first half of the Dubois autobiography, this book is well-researched and well-written. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by D. Johnson
Mr. Lewis' second and final volume about Mr. Du Bois' life is a thorough undertaking which began with his outstanding first book, "Biography of a Race. Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Franklin the Mouse
I am impressed with the level of detail that the author went to, in order to paint a complete picture of Du Bois. Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by Houston
I just finished rereading DL Lewis's first DuBois biography, and am thinking about purchasing the second bio. Read morePublished on April 15, 2007 by A. D. Thompson
I agree with Schmerguls, above, that David Levering Lewis' vol. II of DuBois has too many typographical errors; the endnotes are a nightmare; and that it needs a bibliography. Read morePublished on August 6, 2001
It seems odd that Lewis's biography of W. E. B. DuBois should be felt to be entitled to two Pulitzer prizes. Read morePublished on May 21, 2001 by Schmerguls