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Author: Ibram X. Kendi Narrator: Christopher Dontrell Piper Publisher: Novel Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781518940927

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WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER IN RACE AND CIVIL RIGHTS FINALIST FOR THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION THE MOST AMBITIOUS BOOK OF 2016 —The Washington Post A BOSTON GLOBE BEST BOOK OF 2016 A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2016 A CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2016 A ROOT BEST BOOK OF 2016 A BUZZFEED BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2016 A BUSTLE BEST BOOK OF 2016 NOMINATED FOR 2016 NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK OF NONFICTION A KIRKUS BEST HISTORY BOOK OF 2016 A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF 2016 TO EXPLAIN CURRENT POLITICS A KIRKUS BEST HEARTRENDING NONFICTION BOOK of 2016 AN ENTROPY BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2016 THE WASHINGTON POST 2016 SUMMER READING LIST Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America--more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

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  • “An intricate look at the history of race in the US, arguing that many well-meaning American progressives inadvertently operate on belief systems tinged with a racist heritage.”

    - Time
  • “This book should be on every young leader’s bookshelf. It’s not pretty, but the truth often isn’t.”

    - Forbes
  • “A staggering intellectual history of racism in America that is both rigorous and…readable.”

    - New Republic
  • “Narrator Christopher Dontrell Piper guides listeners through this complex history of racist, assimilationist, and antiracist ideas with a deep voice and clear projection…Piper narrates best when Kendi’s prose is emotional or emphatic.”

    - AudioFile


  • Winner of the 2016 National Book Award
  • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Washington Post Best Book of 2016
  • Boston Globe Book of the Year
  • Chicago Review of Books Pick for Best Nonfiction of 2016
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year in 2016 for Nonfiction
  • Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year Selection
  • Bustle Pick of Best Books of 2016
  • New York Times Bestseller in Audio

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About the Author

Ibram X. Kendi, the New York Times bestselling author of several books, was named by Time magazine in 2020 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His books include Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and two #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist, which was also a Sunday Times bestseller, and Four Hundred Souls, coauthored with Keisha N. Blain. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research.