Visible Man: A True Story of Post Racist America

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Meet Mitchell "Sam" Brewer. Young. African-American. An ex-Marine with charm and intelligence. Highly valued by his employers in his state job. Yet Sam repeatedly gets into trouble - much of it the kind that lands him in hospitals and police stations. George Gilder, one of the most important sociopolitical authors of our time, brings us a life in which the ultimate trap is not racism, but the very system that's meant to help. In its title Visible Man pays homage to Ralph Ellison's classic Invisible Man - but also...
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Overview

Meet Mitchell "Sam" Brewer. Young. African-American. An ex-Marine with charm and intelligence. Highly valued by his employers in his state job. Yet Sam repeatedly gets into trouble - much of it the kind that lands him in hospitals and police stations. George Gilder, one of the most important sociopolitical authors of our time, brings us a life in which the ultimate trap is not racism, but the very system that's meant to help. In its title Visible Man pays homage to Ralph Ellison's classic Invisible Man - but also asserts that whatever the problems of young African-American men today, invisibility is no longer among them. From the author's new Introduction, decrying the lack of vision in welfare reform, to the chilling Postscript on the story's protagonist, Visible Man rings even more disturbingly true today than when it was first published.

A new edition--with a new Preface by the author--of Gilder's seminal first book--the true story of Sam, a young, black ex-Marine whose charm and intelligence cannot keep him out of serious trouble. Gilder's indictment of the welfare system as a key element in what went wrong with Sam's life rings disturbingly true.

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Gilder's 1979 volume tells the story of Sam Brewer, a young African American man unjustly accused of rape. Though Brewer is the focus of the book, the circumstances paint a larger picture of the obstacles faced by countless black youths in America. In the 16 years that have passed since this book's debut, few of those impediments have been removed, making it as timely as ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558154650
  • Publisher: I C S Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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