- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Middle Passage Press (February 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692370714
- ISBN-13: 978-0692370711
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,408,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and social issues commentator. He is a syndicated columnist and a feature contributor to the Huffington Post. His columns have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and the San Francisco Chronicle. Hutchinson is the author of ten books on race and social change in America. He is the National Political Writer for New America Media and the Los Angeles Wave Newspaper. He hosts two syndicated public affairs and issues radio talk shows on KTYM Radio and KPFK Pacifica Network Radio Los Angeles, and a weekly commentator on the Radio-One Network.He is also a guest MSNBC Political Analyst.
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I have a lot of respect for him – but we have very different views on politics. We’re two different people from different backgrounds and its logical that we see things differently. But in From King to Obama – we get the human perspective and view of some of the biggest newsmakers of the last half century. People that seem “larger than life” – but through Hutchinson’s insights, we have a great opportunity to see them “behind the scenes” in many instances. The spotlight is off with many of them and we can see a different side of that person.
I’ve often wondered how Hutchinson developed some of his viewpoints. From King to Obama gives the answers to a number of those questions. His writing often give some insights into the author’s mind – but this book really pulls back the curtain to shows us the scope of the things he has done and the decades he’s spent learning more about life, politics and so much more on a global level.
One of the things I really like is the wide variety of people that he included in the book. From Martin Luther King, the Harlem Globetrotters, Nelson Mandela, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Johnnie Cochran, and so many more. The sections about entertainers, especially the musicians were a real treat. There are so many types of music that I love and its interesting to hear other people’s perspectives on some of the musical “greats”. Check the cover for a list of the people who are included in the book. There were many instances where I stopped reading temporarily to get some more info about specific people and events – even taking a few minutes to find and view the Jimi Hendrix performance that is mentioned.
I highly recommend this book – I love learning more about “history” and other people and places. I got a great education about events that happened in the US – some happened before I was born and I’d only heard sketchy details about other people and places. I want to know the “good, the bad and the ugly” and I want to understand how those things contributed to and brought us to the place where we are now. This book did that very well and I walked away with many interesting tidbits. Hutchinson doesn’t go into deep detail about these various events – that’s not the point of the book. Like the title says – its an eyewitness account to a tumultuous history. That is just what he gives us in this deeply personal memoir about the events that shaped his life, our country and the world we live in.
This isn’t the case with “From King to Obama- Witness to a Turbulent History.”
What Hutchinson has done is what H.G. Wells did. We are transported back to an earlier time, for some before they were even born. We get a first hand feeling on who these figures were. Hutchinson sat with them, touched them, and sensed them.
Is it any wonder in this period of limited resources and common core teaching that we now have the best reference tool into a past that has been too often ignored and worse yet has had a revisionist interpretation as to what really happened during these exciting times?
My only wish is that I had taken a camera with me as I do now and taken of picture of Richie Havens playing his guitar in Central Park.
Thank you Hutch for the trip back.
The book was light reading but the author managed to get the salient points across to the reader. Well done