Another Day at the Front: Dispatches from the Race War / Edition 1

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Overview


African Americans have been at war with some elements of the white population from the very beginning. In this collection of essays, his first since Airing Dirty Laundry in 1993, Reed explores the many forms that this homefront war has taken. His brilliant social criticism feints deftly among past and present, government and media, personal and political. From the author whose essay style has been compared to the punching power of boxers Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, this book is a series of fast, powerful strikes against America's long tradition of racism.
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Reed is a novelist, essayist, playwright and poet who has taught at the leading institutions in America. Yet the most accurate image of him is as a fighter who pulls no punches and tells it like it is. The subtitle of his book is "Dispatches from the Race War"; he sees the enemy as the government that condones profiling, politicians who use stereotypes to inculcate fear of the black man to win votes, feminists who are fighting the wrong fight, the media, the police, and just about every other organized segment of American society. Because it is a war, he uses all weapons available to him and reading his essays calls to mind the slash and burn tactics of guerrilla soldiers. Nonetheless, his writing is honest, close to the bone, upsetting and thought provoking, without the usual polite sugar coating we often use in discussing racism in America. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Perseus, Basic Books, 189p. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—Nola Theiss
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465068920
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Series: Art of Mentoring Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 985,347
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


Ishmael Reed is the award-winning author of nine novels, plus numerous books of poetry, essays, plays, and an opera libretto. He lives in Oakland, California.
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