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Fracture

Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide
Narrated by: Joy-Ann Reid
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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Barack Obama's speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of racial unity. Yet in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided - as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore.

With President Obama's election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players - and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House.

Fracture traces the party's makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton's campaign represent an embrace of Obama's legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton's stand on race both similar to and different from Obama's or from her husband's? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her - and what will happen if they don't?

Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama to illuminate three of the most important figures in modern political history and how race can affect the crucial 2016 election and the future of America itself.

©2015 Joy-Ann Reid (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great inside story

For political junkies, an excellent, detailed behind the scenes look at the Clinton Obama era.

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Mandatory reading for democrats.

I found this book very enlightening and detailed in documenting what truly happened during President Obamas run for office and the dilemmas of the Clintons. I enjoyed being reminded of the behind the scene cross currents that weren't highlighted during the campaign. You nailed it Joy-Ann Reid!

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Intelligent Incite On Race In Politics

I'm a huge fan of the beautiful, intelligent articulate political analyst know as Ms Joy Ann Reid. There's so much behind the scenes information in this book about the Clinton's that I had no idea even happened. Joy pulls back the curtains and reveals a story that liberal and mainstream media have almost completely ignored. Democrats like me love exposing the racism that the republican party uses to manipulate their base but we hardly ever scrutinize the leaders in our party who use race just as callously as republicans do. Joy has really opened my eyes and I hope this kind of dicussion finds it's way into liberal media so the voters can make more informed decisions about who we put in office.

Joy's book is well worth a listen and her performance as narrator is absolutely flawless. Is there anything this lady isn't good at? I don't think so.

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A history refresher

Thank you, Ms. Reid for reminding us of the Clinton antics not only during the 2008 presidential campaign, but also during Bill Clinton's two terms in office.
I also think Fracture was very balanced in how candidate/President Barack Obama was portrayed.
I recommend this book. 👍🏽

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good listen

very good summary of race relations and the complicated racial politics of recent years. worth the time. every citizen should try to understand this issue.

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Quite simply excellent.

Would have to work really hard to make it better. Fantastic research and very well written.

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Very accurate account of this political history.

Truly enjoyed this political history, and found it to be informative, factual and interesting. I especially liked hearing Valerie Garrett's response about Jesse Jackson. Too funny, but I agree.

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Encyclopedic rendition of civil rights movement...

What disappointed you about Fracture?

Too dry and unanimated

How could the performance have been better?

To have interjected more of the personalities and the personal drama of the principal players

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Voluminous research which would serve a student population well.

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George King

This was a captivating book. The Information provided was outstanding. This is a very important book that I want my children to read this.

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A great and insightful read...

Great historical overview of U.S. politics laid out by a brilliant subject matter expert and author!