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Author: Matt Burriesci Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781481531368
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After his daughter was born prematurely in 2010, Matt Burriesci set out to write a book about thirty-two great books, from Plato to Karl Marx, and how their lessons have applied to his life. As someone who has spent a long and successful career advocating for great literature, Burriesci defends the great books in this series of tender and candid letters, rich in personal experience and full of humor.

Dead White Guys is a timely defense of the great books, arriving in the middle of a national debate about the fate of these books in high schools and universities around the country. Burriesci shows how the great books can enrich our lives as individuals, as citizens, and in our careers. Extending the argument first made by Anna Quindlen on the act of reading itself, How Reading Changed My Life —“It is like the rubbing of two sticks together to make a fire, the act of reading, an improbable pedestrian task that leads to heat and light”—Burriesci reminds us all of the enormous impact reading has on our lives.

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  • “In an age of moral and political confusion, Matt Burriesci’s Dead White Guys offers a passionate, erudite remedy, mixed with a father’s gentle humor and deep love.”

    Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire

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About the Author

Matthew Burriesci’s fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines. From 1999 to 2011 he served in various capacities at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, including the organization’s acting executive director. From 1997 to 1999 he served as the marketing manager for the Tony Award–winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. He received his BA in English and rhetoric from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, studied Shakespeare during an honors seminar at Oxford University, and received his MFA from George Mason University in 2002. He lives in Chicago.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.