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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

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  • Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times best-seller in race and civil rights
  • Finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
  • "The most ambitious book of 2016" (Washington Post)
  • A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
  • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016
  • A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
  • A Root Best Book of 2016
  • A BuzzFeed Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
  • A Bustle Best Book of 2016
  • Nominated for 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Nonfiction
  • A Kirkus Best History Book of 2016
  • A Kirkus Best Book of 2016 to explain current politics
  • A Kirkus Best Heartrending Nonfiction Book of 2016
  • An Entropy Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
  • The Washington Post 2016 summer reading list

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America - more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.

©2016 Ibram X. Kendi (P)2017 Novel Audio

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    Elsa 03-01-17
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    "very informative"

    I am very greatful to have pick this book by random. I learned so much. I knew some of the facts, which only kept my focus. yet, I wouldnt have looked at them from this angle.... which I def. agree. #Truth. It gets straight to the point. hits each point quickly. I had to go back in order not to miss a few key points in our nations history. I feel that it left some things out or didnt go into to much detail... maybe that was to keep on track and not get lost in another direction. I enjoyed every bit of it. thank you to the writer and speaker. Great job.

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    Jade S. Allen 02-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Stamped From the Beginning is a must read!!!"

    This book should be a must read for every American. We need to see how racist ideas penetrate our lives, our beliefs, our society, and our politics. Please take the time to read this book. Please also consider the book, The New Jim Crow, which opens up the disgrace of our mass incarceration prison industrial complex. Please carry these discussions on racial injustice to your friends and neighbors. Blessings to you all.

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    Abram Guerra Boston 04-19-17
    Abram Guerra Boston 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Read for Anyone Seeking to Understand American History"

    By critically and carefully examining the intellectual raw material surrounding the founding and building of America, Ibram X. Kendi is able to trace the roots of so many ideas back their origins, revealing for the reader a complex web of ideas invented as post hoc rationalizations of current and future brutality, exploitation, and injustice. Kendi proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that unjust policies and practices are not merely the result of existing social realities and public opinions, but that public opinion is shaped by strategic racist rationalizations, deployed to justify existing practice and policy. Many of the ideas are not at all new, but are just reiterations of ideas that go all the way back to the beginning, ideas that have been stamped onto our collective consciousness and must be disrupted and dismantled every single day.

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    Very eye opening book. I finished it feeling angry but motivated. I'll probably listen to this one again somewhere down the line.

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    "Authentic Narration"

    The author repeatedly pronounces "ask" as "axe." "Civil Rights" is transformed into "Silver Rights." "Escape" is always "egg-scape." "Conscience" is pronounced "conscious," and other such gems. I kept waiting to hear "liberry" in place of "library," but alas, I was disappointed.

    Oh, and did you know that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died in 1726? According to this author, that's a fact.

    I really felt down with the struggle while listening to this.

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    Bruce SW 04-15-17
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    "Eye opening and troubling"

    I learned a lot from this book. And the first four parts (built around Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison and WEB DuBois) made for enjoyable listening. Part 5 often made me uncomfortable though, as Mr Kendi's category of "racist" came to encompass everyone from Bill Cosby to Barack Obama; it reminded me of those takfiri diehards who decide that any Muslim who disagrees with their puritanical views can't really be Muslim. In similar fashion Mr Kendi castigates as racist anyone who believes that English should be the dominant language in the US, that "Set it Off" is not a better film than "The Blind Side," and that children raised by two parents might be, as a group, better off than those raised by single moms. By the end I got the impression that the vaunted category "anti-racist" included only three people: Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and Mr Kendi himself.

    Beyond those issues though, Mr Piper's reading is frequently irksome. Among the words he systematically mispronounces are "anthropologist," "Fanon," and "civil" (he keeps talking about "silva rights" and "silva war"). I won't quibble with the way he says "escape" however, since doing so might get me branded a racist.

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