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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,068 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Baldwin Narrator: Jesse Martin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

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  • “So eloquent in its passion and so scorching in its candor that it is bound to unsettle any reader.”

    Atlantic

  • The Fire Next Time is ultimately a hopeful and healing essay. Baldwin ranges far in these hundred pages…What binds it all together is the eloquence, intimacy, and controlled urgency of the voice. Baldwin clearly paid in sweat and shame for every word in this text. What’s incredible is that he managed to keep his cool.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Actor Jesse L. Martin effectively re-creates the tone and tenor of the author’s view of America at the beginning of the 1960s. Martin chooses to eschew accents and flowery modulations and sticks to the story…Most striking is Baldwin’s reference to Robert Kennedy’s prediction that a black man would become the nation’s president sometime in the next forty years.”

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • An Indie Next Recommendation

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Silvia Chenault | 2/19/2014

    " By chance I found this book at a local thriftstore for ten cents and it has changed my life forever. It took so much of my strength to finish it, because the truth in it was so painful. I recommend all Americans to read this book, too. It is essential for our country's survival and for true peace among our people. This work is one of the most important documents on racism I have ever read. Enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brett Myer | 2/14/2014

    " I read this for Great Books in college. It is one of my favorite books read through that beloved colloquium, by golley. I've got to read this again sometime. "No more water, the fire next time"...Classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leroy | 2/8/2014

    " I feel that this is a great book that every person should read. This was the first book by Balwdin that I read, so this style, at first, was hard to get by. Once I became accustomed to his style I was then able to glean the nuggets of gold between the lines. Baldwin poignantly and accurately describes the racial dilemma of his time. It is very interesting to see how his environment helped to reach some of his conclusions. These essays attach the racial issue at the forefront of the problem (The heart and mind).This book is a timeless book that can be applied to today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/2/2014

    " An excellent and unexpected critique of race in America. "

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