• A Fool's Errand

  • Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump
  • By: Lonnie G. Bunch III
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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A Fool's Errand

By: Lonnie G. Bunch III
Narrated by: JD Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

In its first four months of operation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and quickly became a cherished, vital monument to the African American experience. And yet this accomplishment was never assured. In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans. 

Outlining the challenges of site choice, architect selection, building design, and the compilation of an unparalleled collection of African American artifacts, Bunch also delves into his personal struggles - especially the stress of a high-profile undertaking - and the triumph of establishing such an institution without mentors or guidebooks to light the way. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the Black experience as an essential component of every American's identity. 

This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only listeners working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed - and do it spectacularly - in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.

©2019 Lonnie G. Bunch III and Smithsonian Institution (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Outstanding and moving A journey to be remembered!

Ifelt like Lonnie was sitting here giving me the real inside scoop.
I will be recommending this saga of the birthing of the NMAAHC.

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Fascinating

Fascinating journey into this wonderful institution--the good, bad and ugly. i enjoyed hearing the story. Nice narration.

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A must read

Not just a recounting of an incredible journey to achieve the impossible, it is a template for everyone wanting to be a leader. Lonnie Bunch is honest, vulnerable and at times absolutely heroic. His team of superstars must never be forgotten for what they gave to America.

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Excellent on Every Level

Wow! What an experience; Lonnie Bunch is an excellent writer. I am so impressed with A Fool’s Errand that I actually bought the book so that I could read along with the nation.
Thank You