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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Eric Dyson Narrator: Michael Eric Dyson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781538467114
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As a former welfare father who is also an ordained Baptist minister and a Princeton Ph.D., Michael Eric Dyson is one of those rare intellectuals who act not only as interpreters between black and white America but as bridges between the academy and the street. In this brave, bracing, and vastly readable book, he identifies the hidden rules that govern interactions between the races and within black communities, poisoning our language, our politics, and our thinking. 

From the O. J. Simpson trial to the generational politics of gangsta rap, and from Colin Powell to Louis Farrakhan, Dyson takes on the most contentious issues of the 1990s. Again and again he shows us that, in a society that prides itself on being color-blind, race is more important—and more pernicious—than ever. Filled with eloquence and erudition, wit and moral common sense, Race Rules is an invaluable guide to the America we really live in as well as a redemptive vision of the one we want for our children. 

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  • “Mr. Dyson has mapped out some valuable coordinates for the course the nation continues to steer.”

    New York Times Book Review

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  • “Dyson’s insightful analysis comes to life on topics ranging from hip-hop culture to black leadership.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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About the Author
Author Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books including April 4, 1968, Is Bill Cosby Right?, Presidential Race, and, I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. He is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, DC.