Barack Obama's speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial unity. Yet, in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided—as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore.
With President Obama's election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players—and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House.
Fracture traces the party's makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton's campaign represent an embrace of Obama's legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton's stand on race both similar to and different from Obama's, or from her husband's? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her—and what will happen if they don't?
Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, to illuminate three of the most important figures in modern political history, and how race can affect the crucial 2016 election and the future of America itself.
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About the Author
Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst for MSNBC and the host of AM Joy. She is the author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide and co-editor (with E. J. Dionne Jr.) of We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama. A graduate of Harvard University, she is the former managing editor of TheGrio.com, and her columns and articles have appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, the Guardian, the Miami Herald, and Salon.com. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
READ, LEARN, THINK "Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide" is an intelligent, informative, historical account of the events, people and history that gave rise to the Civil Rights movement in America and the election of the first African American President of the United States. Open minded people, of all races and political stripes can learn from this book, though it may take courage to read it. It is thought provoking and will challenge you in ways we all need to be in navigating our current times. I have tremendous respect for Joy as a journalist and I would have liked to hear her opinions especially of the criticisms leveled at President Obama from some more left leaning African Americans. This is a great book for book clubs, and classrooms alike.
A good discription of the changing demographics of the US.interestng was the lack of understanding of many of the black inteligencia that President Oboma is black, but not just president of black america. I was pleasantly surprized that al sharpton seems to understand so well the situatipnthat the president iwas in. One strange quote was attributed to beth lewis who seems to think that a woman president