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The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young (African American Life Series) Paperback – May 10, 2005

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Book Description

New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young's most memorable quotes.

From the Publisher

This little red book brings together many of the longtime Detroit Mayor’s most unforgettable lines in a format meant to recall the famous little red book of quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. It was first published in 1991 by Droog Press, a small Detroit-based press founded by a long-time reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. This new edition features quotations that did not make it into the original book and a chronology outlining Coleman Young’s life and career. Both insightful and entertaining, this is an essential reference for anyone interested in politics, black politics in particular, and political humor.

Some quotes from Coleman A. Young:

"Swearing is an art form. You can express yourself much more exactly, much more succinctly, with properly used curse words."

"Racism is like high blood pressure—the person who has it doesn’t know he has it until he drops over with a goddamned stroke. There are no symptoms of racism. The victim of racism is in a much better position to tell you whether or not you’re a racist than you are."

"I issue a warning to all those pushers, to all rip-off artists, to all muggers: It’s time to leave Detroit; hit Eight Mile Road! And I don’t give a damn if they are black or white, or if they wear Superfly suits or blue uniforms with silver badges. Hit the road."

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Product Details

  • Series: African American Life Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814332609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814332603
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best mayor Detroit ever had and u never knew what was going to come out of his mouth. So funny and brings back so many memory everyone from Detroit should read it. I give it 2thumbs up!!! Great book. Wish he was still alive and giving the government Hell
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This very thin volume is the Socialist / Communist Little Red Book of the sayings of Mayor Coleman Young of Detroit. There is very little wit and no detectable wisdom in this volume. There is, however, a great deal of crudity, vitriol, accusations and assumptions of racism in every white person, and his attacks on everyone and everything who didn't give him his way.

I did like the chronology of his life in the back, however.

Never be fooled, however. Just because Coleman Young denied criminality and corruption on his part and blamed everything found in his administration and the staff around him to be a trap of the White Power Structure rather than his own venality, does not mean that what Mayor Young claimed was true or accurate. Just convenient.

Because of the outrageous criminality of the Kilpatrick years, too many want to let Coleman Young and the Wayne County Executives, McNamara and Ficano off the hook just because they were not sent to prison. That is an awfully low bar for getting praise.

I remember Detroit when it was a beautiful city. I wish it could be that way again. But not likely in my lifetime.
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Coleman Young was a straight shooting honest, blunt and hilarious. Great light read to check out. Read this and laugh!
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I smiled all the way through this book and laughed out loud a dozen times. I had no idea what an irreverent and hilarious wit Detroit Mayor Coleman Young was. Fortunately for us, he was unrestrained by any concerns about political correctness. This is a thin little book but it's a hoot and would be a bargain at twice the price!
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