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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,075 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Alexander Narrator: Karen Chilton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Civil rights advocate and accomplished lawyer Michelle Alexander broaches a topic worthy of national conversation. Alexander argues that criminals convicted by our justice system face the same obstacles—legal discrimination and disenfranchisement—African Americans faced during the Jim Crow era.

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  • “Devastating…Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing a finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black.”


  • “Alexander is absolutely right to fight for what she describes as a ‘much-needed conversation’ about the wide-ranging social costs and divisive racial impact of our criminal justice policies.”


  • “Carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable.”

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  • An Amazon.com Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Bales | 2/18/2014

    " This is probably one of the most important books of the last 50 years, a devastating indictment of the American justice system and the failed war on drugs that has primarily subjected African-American people to mass incarceration on a scale so vast and unfair that its far-reaching effects could ultimately be as devastating as slavery. Read this book and you will come to many different conclusions about race in education, politics, the courts and all other aspects of contemporary American society which is far more broken than most people could have imagined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rose | 2/3/2014

    " In the introduction, Michelle Alexander states that her goal is to push people sympathetic to the prison reform movement to the point of outrage. She is incredibly successful. Her position is thoroughly supported by well reasoned, accessibly expressed arguments. The book reads very easily and seems to have taken up a very large portion of my brain.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hakan Jackson | 2/1/2014

    " This is one of those books you come across where you want everyone to read. I hope this book starts something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky | 1/27/2014

    " I did find this slow going to read at times but it's important for us all to understand the war on drugs and how it continues racial injustice in our country. I've been volunteering in prison and I think prisons are horrible places, the explosion of the prison population in our country is a great tragedy. The explanation of the erosion of our fourth amendment rights and how policies around police department funding worked to exponentially expand the war on drugs is particularly valuable. "

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About the Author

Michelle Alexander is a civil rights advocate and litigator, winning a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship and she now holds a joint appointment at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. Alexander served for several years as the director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded the national campaign against racial profiling. She lives outside Columbus, Ohio.