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From the Publisher"Flax closely examines the use of language and narrative and the resulting variety of interpretations. . . . This is an important . . . treatment of the Thomas hearings."—Library Journal
"For those inclined to see the activity in Congress surrounding the impeachment of President Clinton as rather surreal, I highly recommend the reading of The American Dream in Black and White. . . . It is an interesting, thoughtful, and provocative analysis."—Gayle Binion, Law and Politics Book Review
"This book advances a much needed discussion beyond feminism and identity politics for black women and, presumably, for women of color generally. . . . The reader is immediately engaged by Flax's dramatic narrative account of the Thomas hearings transcripts. . . . Flax writes like a very accessible postmodern critic."—Naomi Zack, NWSA Journal. Summer 2000.
"The Senate confirmation hearings offer us an extraordinarily rich text on race, gender, class, law, and spectacle. Jane Flax's book is the most ambitious examination to date of those transcripts. Her detailed and thoroughly persuasive book will give readers a more thoughtful view of the hearings as well as a better understanding of the structures and fissures in American politics."—Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania