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This is a biography of James Baldwin, author, one-time preacher, and civil rights activist. He chose David Leeming, a close friend and colleague, to write his biography and granted him access to his correspondence. Leeming traces his life from his birth in Harlem in 1924 to his self-imposed exile in Europe, his later years as political activist, and his public funeral in 1987.

©1994 David Leeming, First Arcade Edition 2015 (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A great biography of a great man

This biography of James Baldwin is very well researched, engaging, and very balanced. Baldwin as a black man dealing with racism and oppression, Baldwin as a gay man facing homophobia, Baldwin as religious man seeking the divine, and Baldwin as author perfecting his craft all get more or less equal treatment.

Leeming knows and attends to the history of Baldwin's time and the political and social issues of the day; he is very familiar with Baldwin's fictional and non-fictional texts. The book moves well and can be read along with Baldwin's novels to bring additional depth to the reading of his works. The audio performance is very good.

Highly recommended.

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Awesome!

Highly recommended! The reader was excellent. This is the most important book that I have read in a long, long, long time!

--Stephen York

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  • JC
  • Decatur, GA, United States
  • 03-23-17

Must read for all Americans

must read for those who want to better understand and appreciate what it to be an American. We are not just black or White.. We're a mixed collective group of people Who have not excepted the fact that we are all related. America will never truly be free until we can see the humanity in each other and not our color.

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James Baldwin a biography

The author treated the subject with the respect that he was worthy of, his life examines humanity as we are forced to look at our selves.

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This book provides an insight of one the most prolific author to grace this earth.

A requirement for everyone to read. The reader will always want to know more and though you know the ending you are still left with the urge for more!!!

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  • 10-08-17

inspiring, tragic and heroic

A well written and performed audio book. Baldwin is an inspiring and heroic figure . His life seemed to me to be a striving for the freedom to love and be loved, personally and nationally. I recognise the messy contradictions, hopes and despair of this all too familiar feature of human experience. There is often a tragic undertone to this necessary struggle and this is clear in Baldwin's life and times.

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  • 04-27-17

Echoes of life.

in my listening of this work, I ask myself questions of my truth ? Myself.

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  • Michael Gayle
  • 04-05-17

James Baldwin Review

l found this book very good and a greater understanding of a complex genius, and a man of love without exception!!!!