I would like to begin by stating that I am a right leaning American. I found the book to be quite honest about the path the Democrats ought to take to reconnect to the public. Even though the middle portion of the book tends to Bush bash, the recommendations for change were sound and would require a significant effort of will and coordination by the current Democratic leadership. It is a good listen for any open minded person who either wants affirmation of being right or to have a different look at why and how there can be change in the face of politics. Carville and Begala were frank in their effort to express a significant concern about the political party that they have comitted to. I am anxious to see if their party takes the advise of this book. Begala did a fine job reading the book.
Knowing the life story of a person who plans to become president of the United States is important. This book seemed to highlight Mr. Cain's life without significant details. For the most part, he captures the "essence" of the trials and times of his emergence to success without too much fanfare. Unlike Mr. Obama's book, Mr. Cain did not disclose information to the reader that would allow him to express a message of full disclosure. Based upon hine sight, he may have avoided the negative media blitz that has recently occurred.
The tenor of the book was positive and Mr. Cain's story could serve as a road map for young people, particularly young black men, to perservere. It may be difficult for some to reflect back to the times of Mr. Cain's success story. If one were to do so, I think that the tone of this book serves all people well.
The book was read and flowed very well. It was a fast listen. I appreciated Dr. Dyson’s academic, yet social perspective of some of the major issues that plague Black Americans. I particularly appreciated the time spent clarifying the aspects of leadership provided by the various Black leaders of the country. This clarification helped bring about a greater understanding of why there is difficulty within the Black populous to merge because of the various perspectives from which the problems are presented. A very interesting point made in the book was the relevance of the OJ Simpson case to major issues of Blackness in the country. An inference was made that the general populous of Black America does not know the actual causes of our current state of social status. Factually, in many ways, I fall within that group.
The insights revealed some of the possible reasons that Black youth of demonstrating the patterns of behavior that we see now was well done. Understanding these reasons may open some dialogue of possible approaches to bringing about a change in the direction Black youth are taking. Even though there had been disconnects between society in general and the courses for which Black Americans have taken, Dr. Dyson did not really engage in presenting a meaningful solution for recapturing our youth. His notion that a close examination of the messages within gangster rap could lead to solutions did not seem to be a significant or viable solution to the ills of the disconnect exhibited by Black youth.
Leadership that emphasizes Quality and Excellence in a way that is supportive of ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, academia, and national pride may well be the answer. This book is definitely worth the time it takes to listen. The book can be particularly uplifting for many Black women whom Dr. Dyson amply and accurately elevated in this book.
It is clear to me that the author's perspected was of the conservative nature. The book was clear and contained minimal amounts of extreme bias. The historical introduction was informative and enlightening. This is a great read for high school seniors who are getting a short and shallow introduction to the judicial branch of government. The frank and open challenge to the concern of legislation from the bench will cause people from both sides of the political aisle to pause and reconsider furthering the ability for Justices to use their opinions to establish president for agendas not balanced by the other branches of the government. Whether a Justice in an activist or constructionist does not seem to be a focus of the common citizen. Maybe it should be! This book caused me and those who read the book along with me to pay closer attention to the motives from which Justices are chosen.
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