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The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage Hardcover – May 31, 2011

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“A fascinating read. . . . The End of Anger is a worthy look at where we are and where we’re headed.” (Philadelphia City Paper)

“Cose expertly interweaves his own research into the opinions of others, creating an intriguing dialogue about the future of America as class becomes king.” (Ebony)

“[A book] that will undoubtedly fuel much debate for years to come.” (Daily News)

“Provocative. . . . You never forget the first or second time you read Ellis Cose’s The Rage of a Privileged Class. . . . Look for even more robust conversation [with] The End of Anger. (Essence)

“[A] refreshing, readable, and comprehensive look at race in 21st-century America.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Ellis Cose defines what racial equality means to a new generation.” (Uptown Magazine)

“[Cose] illuminates the contemporary racial landscape while avoiding the illusion of a post-racial era and the romance of a static racial condition. This is engaged social history and critical analysis at its best!” (Michael Eric Dyson, author of Presidential Race)

“The most authoritative accounting I’ve seen of where our country stands in its unending quest to resolve the racial dilemma on which it was founded. . . . [Cose’s] new book is a moving, sometimes startling, appraisal of this pivotal moment in our history.” (Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home)

“A masterpiece in illuminating one of the most significant issues in the history of our republic. . . . It is one of those books every American of conscience should read.” (Robert M. Morgenthau, former district attorney of New York County)

The End of Anger may be the defining work on America’s new racial dynamics. Deeply researched, artfully reasoned, and beautifully written. . . . Cose deepens our understanding not just of race but of the power of generational transformation.” (Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union)

“Once again Ellis Cose holds up a powerful lens to bring to light the thoughts, dreams, and perspectives of African Americans today. His findings and insights are an important contribution to the national conversation on race, class, and opportunity in America.” (Geoffrey Canada, Educator)

“A tremendously important book–gracefully done, painfully perceptive, and, as always in Cose’s writing, fearless in its honesty about the ways that black and white Americans continue to be distanced from each other, even at the topmost levels of success.” (Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities and Letters to a Young Teacher)

From the Back Cover

From a venerated and bestselling voice on American life comes a contemporary look at the decline of black rage; the demise of white guilt; and the intergenerational shifts in how blacks and whites view, and interact with, each other

In the heady aftermath of President Obama's election, conventional wisdom suggested that the bitter, angry, and destructive elements of discrimination were ebbing at last and America was becoming a postracial nation. But with this dawning age that promised so much came shifting demographics and a newfound seat of rage in the polarizing Tea Party movement, even as black optimism gained ground, giving rise to questions about assumed truths concerning race in America.

Combining the talents earned from a lifetime in journalism with the insights and thoughtfulness of a close observer of the American experience, renowned author Ellis Cose offers a fresh, original appraisal of our nation at this extraordinary time, tracking the diminishment of black anger and investigating the "generational shifting of the American mind." Weaving material from myriad interviews as well as two large and ambitious surveys that he conducted—one of black Harvard MBAs and the other of graduates of A Better Chance, a program offering elite educational opportunities to thousands of young people of color since 1963—Cose offers an invaluable portrait of contemporary America that attempts to make sense of what a people do when the dream, for some, is finally within reach as one historical era ends and another begins.

In short, The End of Anger is not just about blacks but about America—its past and its hoped-for future—and may well be the most important book dealing with race to be published in recent decades.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061998559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061998553
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not a Harvard MBA. Yet, I related to so many of the stories told by Ellis Cose in this new book. Utilizing his generational classifications of blacks and whites, his point is significant, we are different depending on when we were born. Cose spends a great deal of time eloquently depicting this. Don't miss the appendix. His list of rules for success from Harvard MBAs is well worth the price of the book. Laura M. Miranda, Esq. Cornell Law '89
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This is a book that could only be written by Ellis Cose. Those who read "Rage of a Privilege Class" and other of his works know that he is that rare journalist who can enlighten a complex social phenomenon without resorting to over-simplification, alarmism, or soothing bromides. He possesses the unique gift of being able to examine a complex social issue from different, often dramatically conflicting, perspectives, while maintaining sympathy for each one.

In "Rage," Ellis Cose looked at defining moments in race relations (one example: a young white law firm associate fails to hold the door for an older African-American partner), and, almost like a gifted novelist, illuminated the thoughts and feelings of each side, describing how even people of eminent good will could end up in bitter misunderstanding. In a sense "End of Anger" is a sequel to "Rage." But in this new book, written a generation later, the incongruity Ellis Cose describes is that between the path-blazers who comprised the privileged class in "Rage," and their children (or even grandchildren), whose journey along the path to success has been different in countless ways. While never dismissing or minimizing the significance of race in America today, this new book brilliantly explores the very real differences in attitudes and experience of a young and remarkable generation that is now ascending to leadership roles in business, the academy, and public service.

The world really has changed, as it turns out, and Ellis Cose, backed by a lifetime of journalistic experience and new, original empirical research, is the first to describe the new world in such three-dimensional depth. One leaves the book feeling renewed: we really can change our world and ourselves.
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In "The End of Anger", Ellis Cose has provided an historical outline of the anger of high-achieving Afro-Americans against those systems which have denied them their rightful places.In a series of thought-provoking interviews, Mr. Cose demonstrates how personal succeses increase and anger diminishes as time passes in the history of race relations.
The prose is simple,yet elegant- the interviews comprehensive and balanced. Mr. Cose is a skilled journalist who writes objectively with great clarity. He write with economy but not without passion. He never claims that there is an actual end of anger, but it is clear that he very much desires such an end.
It is so refreshing and wonderful to find a book that suggests the possibilities for change,that "fighting the good fight"should continue, and that there can be a mutual respect and understanding between people of all races.The End of Anger" is not about the audacity of hope, but rather, the real possibility of hope.
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The End of Anger, the counterpart to Cose's 1993 The Rage of a Privileged Class: Why Are Middle-Class Blacks Angry? Why Should America Care?, is a barometer of the African American sentiment on race relations in the 21st Century.

The End of Anger explores, in the age of Obama, "...why it is that many blacks are feeling optimistic these days" (ch. 1) especially when Civil Rights stalwarts would say that there is a lot of work still left to do. Cose attributes much of the change in outlook to a generational evolution. He classifies three generations, spanning from pre-1950s to 1995, and contrasts the opinions and attitudes of each. The assessment of each generation includes their thoughts of the civil rights movement and the outlook, the attitude, and opinion on race relations.

Although the "... idea of racial equality - at least in the abstract - has become an almost universally shared ideal" (ch.11), Cose unveils a vast disparity in the undercurrent of the racial belief system between Generation 1 (born before 1945) and Generation 3 (born between 1970 - 1995).

The End of Anger is the best examination of the disposition of the modern day African American society since Eugene Robinson's Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America.
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I think the book is a joke. I am as angry as I ever was about racism in America. I am black and middle class, and so are my kids. Maybe the difference is we live in the city among black people who are not middle class, and we all deal with the same police, schools, services, etc. The less than middle class are my friends and family. Nobody who sees what we see every day could think things are better, or be optimistic. Frankly, even in my middle class world I see so much racism I get sick sometimes. Why am seeing all this stuff and Ellis and you all arent; why do my kids see and your kids dont, I dont know. Maybe you all are just happy to have what you have and dont care about other people. I dont have a problem when people write these types of books. But watch your titles. There is no way you can speak for the black middle class because there is no way you spoke to the black middle class. Just people and things that you know. Title your book something like. ...a new generation of some people. What you have is distortive, insensitive and silly. And dont fault me for judging your book or its title, because I'm certain you and yours would be among those who judge other blacks (Tyler Perry, for example) on their work and your sense thits its distortive or negative. Well...I dont like the implications for me and other blacks of your book...how about that. Many black people in this country still have reason to be angry. And if you are middle class and care at all about your less privileged brothers and sisters, you'd be angry too. Its what you do with the anger that matters.
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