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Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It Paperback – July 24, 2007
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“Written in the tradition of DuBois and King, Enough is an impressively powerful and courageous book. Williams delivers a blunt and bracing challenge to black America.” —David J. Garrow, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Bearing the Cross and Senior Fellow at Cambridge University
“A courageous and much-needed primer on race relations in America today.” —Thomas Sowell, author of Black Rednecks and White Liberals and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
“Enough is a breath of fresh air and a long overdue, critical insight into today’s stereotypical nonsense that has unfortunately been passing as the new black culture.” —Donna Brazile, political commentator for CNN and former campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000
“Juan Williams has, through Bill Cosby, spoken for the quiet majority of African Americans who desperately look for some voice to articulate what they know is truth. . . . I highly recommend Enough to those who are really interested in knowing our nation’s history, and specifically the odyssey of African Americans in this country.” —Douglas Wilder, mayor of Richmond, Virginia, and former governor of Virginia
“Juan Williams isn’t afraid to give Cosby his props, showing us that a lot of what people call black conservatism is plain common sense.” —John McWhorter, author of Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America
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Top Customer Reviews
Juan Williams talks about some of these ills in this book, but stays mainly to the futility of reparations and the defense of Bill Cosby.
The latter is excellent, but I think the Cos can (and should) speak for himself and write his own book (or put out DVDs of his recent town hall meeetings) to get his point to the public.
He (Williams) mentions some interesting incidents involving chicanery from Rep. Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton. This is interesting, but I wished Williams would have added footnotes to this and other material in the book for verification.
With that said about the presentation, I agree FULLY with the message of this book, which is the necessity for self-examination in Black America to stop the self-destruction, as well as dealing with external issues of the inequalities that remain. In short, we need some Booker T. along with the W.E.B.
I'd give it 5 for content, but 4 for presentation.
And to Dr. Cosby and Mr. Williams, I conclude with this-
"A third danger is timidity. Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society.Read more ›
He nevertheless points out that racism is still amongst us and that the remnants of slavery have had lasting affects on our collective psyche. I would have liked to see bolder solutions, such as sending our top high school basketball players to HBCUs to generate money for our community, in addition to his conservative message to get married and stay in school. It's about time somebody came to the defense of Bill Cosby, who has committed more time and money to help his people than many of the pundits and false prophets who now point fingers. I have already recommended this book to all of my friends.
During his 21-year career at The Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House reporter. He won an Emmy award for TV documentary writing and widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including "Politics: The New Black Power." Articles by Williams have appeared in magazines ranging from Newsweek, Fortune, and The Atlantic Monthly to Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and The New Republic.
Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary," which was released in paperback in February 2000. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965," the companion volume to the critically acclaimed television series. "This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience" appeared in February 2003. This book was the basis for a six-part public broadcasting TV documentary that aired in June 2003. In 2004, Williams became involved with AARP's Voices of Civil Rights project, leading a veteran team of reporters and editors in the production of "My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience." The book presents the harrowing and haunting eyewitness accounts of some 50 activists who served as foot soldiers and field generals in the Civil Rights Movement.
With credentials like these, his subtitle's power can be appreciated: "The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you Juan, for saying publicly what so many of us have been sayimng privately for years.Published 7 months ago by Joseph D Baptist
I've had this book for years and I agree wholeheartedly with the suggestions contained,although I'd like to add a little something. Mr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The ultratiga
Juan Williams was persecuted by the left. He is very gracious with how he was treated and could have shown more anger toward his peers. It told me I do not want to support NPR.Published 12 months ago by Stephen
Not a particularly well written book, and Williams probably should not have used Bill Cosby as an example of cultural enlightenment (who knew) but it remains a powerful corrective... Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. Robbins
Juan makes you think a lot about after reading his book....good read.Published 14 months ago by Gene E. Bruey
This book was very good. What Juan Willams reveals in the pages confirms many of the sentiments I had in the past. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Omegaman
I truly enjoyed this book and it is more pertinent than ever. Society has to dig down and have folks get an education, support a nuclear family, get rid of drugs and other hurtful... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joseph H. Race