The content of the book and the way the information was narrated.
The facts that were presented
She made it nice to listen to while riding in the car. Some of her voice narratives were good as well. Her voice was easy on the ears.
No. The entire book was a moving experience. Especially the facts on drug use among different races, yet the amount of disproportion of incarceration in our justice system.
This book should be read/listened to by all who consider themselves active in the social justice movement. The facts in this book were well presented and gives answers to many questions that other ethnic groups may have about the troubles faced in the minority communities and people of the lower economic class.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
The author builds the case that the mass incarceration of people is no mistake as the system has been made as the next evolution of the old Jim Crow laws in the south. She focuses on a broken war on drugs that have lead to a normalcy in the poor communities of everyone having a criminal back ground and how that background becomes a scarlet letter keeping them out of society and severely limiting their life choices.
This book documents the war on drugs with all of its impact on our society. While the war may benefit the owners of commercial jails, the impact on people of color is tragic. It is hard to imagine that this book cn be ignored, and change is inevitable if .it is widely read by intelligent and honest people.
All that is necessary for evil totriumph is for good people to do nothing. I doubt that anyone, even Republicans, will read this book and not seek change..
The New Jim Crow lays out facts that support the way many minorities have felt for decades.
I particularly enjoyed the education I received on the implementation of the War on Drugs and its unusual timing.
Her ability to encapsulate the the spirit of the person who was speaking in that moment was fascinating. Whether it be a male or female, she was able to fluxuate her tone to embody that person's essence.
The most moving part of the book was when she broke down the response to Drinking and Driving vs. the response to crack cocaine sales and usage. It was at this juncture that all doubt about what was being said in this book was extremely irrefutable.
Assata was my all time favorite book until I heard this fascinating truth. This book is as big of a "must read" as Roots, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Miseducation of the Negro, etc. Thank you so much Ms. Alexander for this rivoting tale.
eye-opening, chilling, anger-producing
Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States
It's much more than a tidbit - it's a call to action for me and my fellow U.S.ers to become aware of what we've allowed to happen because of our indifference to what's going on with the imprisonment of young black men while young white men are ignored for the exact same actions.
Everyone should read this book and then alert others to what's going on.
It's in the upper middle.
No this was the first
No this was the first; however, her reading of the book made it interesting.
I felt that this book was one sided. It put too much focus on blacks being locked up; however, there were points made about self responsibility.
Books like these are good due to the facts that they give; however, it does not offer any suggestions for prevention and being a countable for ones own actions.
This was very well written, apart from certain small problems that I normally have with "call to action" books. A lot of "we must" or "it is time for us to", and a lot of repetition of what you might call catchphrases. You will hear "closed the courthouse doors to claims of racial bias" several times for example. Very small issues for me personally though - in total it's well written.
Very well read also - however this happened to be the book where I first tried turning the speed up to 1.25x (so that I could try to finish it before the weekend) and was surprised how slow she was speaking at regular speed. I would definitely recommend it for this book, and I'll be trying it out on others as well. Her performance didn't lose anything with the increased speed and might have even made her seem even more invested in the material.
You probably already know what it's about. I'm wary of sentences beginning with "Some researchers reported" or "One study found" or just about anything to do with surveys, which there is necessarily a lot of. There are also lots of anecdotes, but they are used mostly to help frame larger points, and are not usually depicted as being 'the norm'. Very good selection of quotes, both from historical figures and regular people caught up in the system the book describes.
Overall it is about two topics - race and criminal justice, and of course how they are linked. I think most people will agree with the author's position on criminal justice and the drug war, in that's it's very wasteful and mostly unnecessary. I agreed with that point going in, and even moreso now that I've finished the book. The racial angle, people could lean either way on, since the final chapter wisely attempts to open the floor to new ideas instead of telling the reader what has to be done. The history lessons are kept short, but powerful enough.
I haven't finished the book. However, halfway through, there is a perspective that opens the blind eyes of things we have not seen. Dr. King's efforts scratch the surface only to be buried by the uncaring, selfish, money-hungry, and power-thirsty antics of blacks, whites, church folks, and etc. The wake up call is a requirement for personal inventory to love, care, and ask the question, "What have I done or what am I doing?"
Again, must read. What slavery did to Egypt is a drop in the bucket to both sides of mass incarceration. It seems the principle is correct...refuse to love and care will bring about a thing 7 times worst. How much worst do we have to get? Michelle Alexander has been anointed and chosen to give us this perspective. It is our choice to open and walk through the door.
excellent read will reccommend to all i come in contact. the reader was great! the premis spot on.