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Love in Black and White: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Romance Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 25, 2007

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Cohen, born and raised in Bangor, Maine, was the son of a Jewish father and Protestant Irish mother. Janet Langhart, an African American, was raised in Indianapolis by a Southern Baptist single mother. He was eventually elected Republican U.S. senator from Maine, and she rose to a career as a television personality. They met each other in 1974 and married in the Capitol building on Valentine's Day in 1996. Cohen ponders the fact that 50 years earlier such an act would have been illegal. In this personal look at changes in attitude on race and interracial romance, Cohen intertwines his story and that of his wife, recalling racial and ethnic prejudices they overcame individually and animosity they have occasionally faced as a couple. This is an inspiring story of two high-profile people (he served as secretary of defense under President Clinton and she as "First Lady" of the Pentagon) of different racial and religious backgrounds who managed to overcome the long and troubled history of race and romance in the U.S. Vanessa Bush
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"A unique and moving memoir--instructive, insightful, and filled with poignant and joyous stories--a pleasure to read." -- Madeleine K. Albright, former United States Secretary of State

"In Love in Black and White, William S. Cohen brilliantly chronicles the courageous struggles against ethnic and racial discrimination encountered by two twentieth century families who epitomize the American Dream, and who dared to allow love to trump convention in the process." -- Donna Brazile, Chair, Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

"Love In Black And White is one of the most eloquent, searing, and brilliant explorations of love across the color line that I have ever read. With the pen of a poet and the wisdom of a sage, the Cohens delve richly into their own story to illumine the nation's story--one shaped by the vices of racism and the virtues of racial progress. By tapping the wellsprings of their remarkable individual journeys, and then testifying of the union they have forged in the midst of skepticism and hostility, their courageous vow to love each other no matter what inspires us all to do the same. This soul baring and heart cheering memoir is must reading." -- Michael Eric Dyson, author of Debating Race

"Love in Black and White is a great love story, and much more. Bill and Janet Cohen show what can happen when people from diverse backgrounds move beyond their differences to embrace their common humanity. We can all learn from their example." -- President Bill Clinton

"Racism and Anti-Semitism are twin evils in our lives and Bill Cohen and Janet Langhart Cohen have confronted them both with courage and class. They are two of my favorite human beings." -- Quincy Jones
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (February 25, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0742558215
  • ASIN: B001O0EHUY
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,569,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a love story. The journey of two people arriving at the same place in time, finally. They share their respective experiences with sharp incisive candor. Readers are given a "no holds barred" look into their world.

Quite frankly, they are right. It is the time for a book of this quality to be written. Two little children born and raised in America, each having individual, separate horrendous struggles, - yet surviving, maturing, achieving success. Through their eyes, we experience life in the political, journalist, entertainment,social, personal, civil rights, and sports arena of action. Through them We meet a young Muhammad Ali, Quincey Jones, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Hilary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Sidney Poiter, Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover, the FBI, Deepak Chopra, Bruce Gordon, Mahalia Jackson, John Johnson, Andrew Young, soldiers in Bosnia and many many more. Beautiful glossy photographs capture memorable moments. Thank you Bill and Janet. Your respective journeys were often jarring, but seldom boring. The book contains enlightening perspectives and is a wake-up call to the sometimes harsh yet mostly beautiful realities of life here on planet earth. And much like the lyrics of that sweet old poignant song, " We will show them as we walk together in the sun, that our two different worlds are one," -- you have indeed done just that.

I have never met William Cohen and Janet Langhart Cohen, but I have observed Janet's steady progress and achievements, over the years, from the cover of Jet Magazine to the Ebony Fashion Fair, and her television show. I have always been inspired by her courage, intelligence and professionalism. I am an African-American woman. This book is excellent and informative. Its final chapter features Janet's masterfully crafted play, a dialogue between murdered Emmitt Till and the Holocaust's Anne Frank.

My next read will be Janet's book, "From Rage to Reason."
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Format: Hardcover
Autobiography that's more about the man than the couple, tracing from his childhood in Maine through the White House. Interspersed are sections about Janet Langhart, and her upbringing. The book is an uplifting memoir that educates readers about the decades of historical, political, military social, racial, and Black history milestones in the U.S., as well as those of Mr. Cohen and Ms. Langhart.

A couple of times or so, there were disconnects from a topic launching into something else; and some occasional grammar things going on that seemed out of character.

The books was informative and candid, including paths of excellence and failure for both Mr. Cohen and his future wife. Both came from trailblazing ancestors and in turn carried on that tradition. Mr. Cohen didn't spare himself with a revisionist eye to his fighting youth, bad grades, and even 'cursing like a one-eyed pirate' one day. We learn of his experiences of racism from both the Jewish community and others from a young age forward. Mr. Cohen's mother was Irish Catholic and his father Jewish. Mr. Cohen went on to forgive those who ostracized him and denied him his birthright and merit of a Bar Mitzvah.

Ms. Langhart went on to lead the way from being among the first Fashion Fair models, relegated to segregated accommodations while touring the country to represent the beauty of Black women, as founder Robert Johnson, later of BET fame, and then of the Johnson Publishing dynasty, Jet and Ebony, had envisioned. The reader gets to see the underside as well as the triumphs. Apparently Mr. Johnson had to buy all of the clothing rather than the typical 'loan' of clothes from designers, as people did not want to wear what had been on black bodies.
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Excellent bio; a charming and insightful look into the lives of an accomplished and admirable couple!
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I found the book to be an enjoyable and interesting read and I share some of the other readers comments about the book. One of the great things about the internet is that anyone is free to go online, write a review, and show how foolish they are. I sometimes wonder if some people deliberately write nasty or very poor reviews just to "stir the pot". Anyway, the world is slowly but steadily blending itself together. First products & stores, now language, and within a couple of hundred years or so, the majority of humans will be blended, too. "That's life", as Frankie sang.
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A waste of time. Self serving to the extreme centered on two self-centered dishonest individuals. Also grossly overpriced due to yhe greed of the Cohens.
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