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James Baldwin Audiobook

James Baldwin: A Biography

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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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    Megarian 10-16-16
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen York 07-02-16 Member Since 2014
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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
    JC Decatur, GA, United States 03-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    "Echoes of life."

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

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

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