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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062305255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062305251
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joy Ann Reid's wise, clear voice gives us a balanced, honest and fair account of the troubling issue of race for the Democratic party. It's a topic I thought I knew about, but this riveting book illuminated so much more for me. If we are ever to overcome our racial divide, we must first understand it. Bravo to Ms. Reid for this unflinching, stellar read on an essential American subject.
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A journalistic walk down Democratic Party history. Joy Ann Reid does a fantastic job of chronicling the transformation of the party from white southern conservatives to what we know it as today, the party of liberal multi-ethnics seen by many as the party of big government. She starts with 1964 and the LBJ years and takes us right up to 2015 and President Obama. This book covers a lot of the same area as Dyson's "The Black Presidency," often citing many of the same speeches and comments from Obama's time in office.

The difference is Joy shows you how the democrats arrived at a point that the election of a Black president was possible. She is succinct in her plain prose making this a really approachable and breezy read. She refrains from injecting her own opinion and writes from the perspective of the reporter that she is. The book offers a keen insight into the game of politics, how an ally can quickly turn into a foe if the wrong words are said, or the need to appeal to a certain constituency is necessary.

Joy Ann Reid makes quite a presentation in this book by delineating the need for not only shrewd advisors but courage, calculation and skill on the part of the political principals. Once you have read the book, you will possibly view politics in a different way, knowing full well that things are not always as they seem. There are some great moments in the book, most may be familiar as headlines, but her journalistic bona fides allows for more depth. An excellent production well worth the money.
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If you are not a reader, the message here is clear: no matter how many times the Democratic Party has abandoned African Americans in the last 50 plus years, the D's are our party. Stay home at your own peril. But, if you are a reader, a person who wants to know things, a student of history,this book is so valuable. It refreshes your knowledge and reminds you of things you either forgot or never really knew in detail.
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Joy’s book is a wealth of information on the political figures, leaders and talking heads (‘political pundits’) we vote for and listen to everyday. Joy gives us the skinny/back story, if you will, offering insight into these individuals’ motivations as well as their ulterior motives in some cases. Joy’s book illuminates some of the foolery and incentive behind some of the historical situations and decisions that have affected and still affecting people’s lives - in particular Bill Clinton’s signature on bills such as: the FDR-ERA separation of banking and investment which ‘opened the doors for wall street’s worst abuse’; the crime bill and how it essentially lead to mass incarceration (vis-à-vis, ‘the New Jim Crow’ by Michelle Alexander) which invoked the Black Lives Matter movement to protest police abuse; the so-called welfare reform bill – Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) ; and the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA).

Joy also elucidates how, after Clinton soundly defeated Robert Dole in 1996 for his second term, he was ‘buoyed by a growing economy and accelerating job growth’. Joy reports on, under Clinton’s watch: the expansion of federal housing and Head Start programs, earned income tax credits for the poor as well as tax credits for businesses to hire the underemployed; and 20% hike in minimum wage.

Joy sheds light on Rev Jesse Jackson’s and his successful grass root efforts to bring more African Americans to the polls that lead to the ‘revamping and changing the structure of the Democratic Party’. This ‘generation of newly minted African American voters’ nominated Bill Clinton into office and also ‘… allowed Obama small-state victories leading to his two wins’.
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I love this book. Joy-Ann Reid tells it exactly how it is. I know because I lived through the eras she writes about in this book and I am a political junky.

I also like that I can slow down and read every word she has written. She talks so fast on news programs and I miss some of what she says at times.

Brilliant woman, fabulous writer and a true intellectual of the nth degree.

Joy-Ann Reid writes as if she is just plain talking to you and she doesn't give her opinion, just the facts from Roosevelt up to today.

Every voter should read this book. Every concerned American should read this book. It is a wealth of knowledge that we all need to know, remember and ponder our actions and our morality.
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A page turner, Ms. Reid weaves together events, time, places, and people ,together to paint a portrait of whatever picture you want it to be. It is an easy read, flows easily. It gives a you the facts enabling you have a better understanding of events that transpired and a clearer understanding of who, what, when, how and why. She fleshes out the characters they become life like.
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