BETWEEN THE WORLD AND US: A workingman contemplates the history, present, and future of racism and classism. Paperback – January 17, 2021
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- ASIN : B08T5C3G44
- Publisher : Independently published (January 17, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 196 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8595958912
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author embraces a common fallacy: he takes his own experience in the world and attempts to universalize it. But that is a meaningless way to proceed. One person's experience of the world might not resemble another's at all.
And lest one assume that I write from a point of view different than the author, I will confess that I also am a product of a lower middle class family, the first to get a college degree. And although I got into grad school at Harvard, I chose to attend Yale, and later the University of Chicago for a doctorate. But unlike the author, I have not taken my experience and tried to make it the template for the experience of others. I have found that being white with a Yale degree has opened up a host of doors. But statistics overwhelmingly show that black males, who come from a socio-economic group with the smallest amount of inherited wealth in America, which leads to a world experience nearer to Coates than the expectations outlined in this dreadful book. I attended Yale in the late Seventies, but most elite schools have dramatically narrowed the number of nonrich students that they admit. I doubt that I would have been able to get into Yale in the 1990s. And leaving aside the experience of people getting into schools, a massive amount of economic evidence compiled by both government and private institutions shows that the current generation is the first since the New Deal in which children are likely to end up in a worse economic situation than their parents. America was once famous for being a place where people can pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but no longer. And that is even if you are white. If you come from a black family with little or no inherited wealth, you are even less likely to succeed. Coates's description of the world rings trust in every level than does the description in this self-published book.
In short, skip this. Even if the Midwest Book Review did in fact review this and say nice things (and that purported review just does not pass the smell test, especially where the author feels free to review his own book, thereby giving his book a five star rating it doesn't deserve). Also, I suspect that All of the five star reviews come from fake accounts. The Philip Hogan account is an obvious fake. The ONLY reviews on that account are five star reviews of books by Valeriano Diviacchi. I hate books that cannot succeed in their own virtues, and have to self-publish, where No editorial standards exists, instead of finding an actual publisher for their book. And then the author has to prop up the book's rating - and If he willing to bet that this is the case with all his books - with fake reviews. I don't begrudge the author publishing his book, but I do disrespect him employing fake reviewers and reviewing his own book. Coates, on the other hand, published his heart renderingly beautiful essays in one of America's leading magazines and then published the book with one of America's finest publishers, and his book then went on to become reviewed by nearly all of the leading publications in America and Europe, and has been proclaimed an instant classic. In short, I find the publication of this book - indeed, the need to well-known it at all - rather sad, another instance of what could be called White Fragility or White Anger. I can't imagine anyone actually wanting to read this book.
Note: please forgive any typos or strange expressions. I have typed this on a Kindle Fire while driving in a car as a passenger, and my Kindle keeps changing my words into completely different ones. Surely there is a way to turn autocorrect on a Kindle off. Oh well, I believe my main points will survive my unfriendly text editor. It affects things. For instance, for some reason it has decided that the words "in" and "the" should only appear capitalized. I've tried to catch all the instances where the text editor changed words when I didn't want it to, but I'm sure I've failed.
philosophy. It is timely and provocative in light of identity and the politics of division.