Your audiobook is waiting…

In the Shadow of Statues

A White Southerner Confronts History
Narrated by: Mitch Landrieu
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
5 out of 5 stars (376 ratings)
Regular price: $24.50
$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal.... An important book for everyone in America to read." (Walter Isaacson, number one New York Times best-selling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs)

The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent audiobook from the man who sparked a national debate.

"There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state legislator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 1970s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.

©2018 Mitch Landrieu (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    320
  • 4 Stars
    46
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    307
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    300
  • 4 Stars
    43
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Everyone should read this

After hearing Mayor Landrieu’s speech at the occasion of the removal of Confederate statues in May 2017, I knew I wanted to hear more of his story. He speaks and writes very logically and effectively to help us understand what has been an emotionally charged question for some people.
Although I am often tempted to see this issue as “not my problem”, the book makes it clear that we all need to understand the true history and meaning of these memorials as well as how we can take other the steps that can be taken to make our cities more open and successful.
His story as a second generation mayor coming from a working class background is inspiring. I’d like to hear more stories like his and I would also like to hear more from him...or more like him...his intelligence and bravery are needed in our country.
An excellent plus in the audio book is a recording of his “Monuments” speech.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Compelling, well written

What made the experience of listening to In the Shadow of Statues the most enjoyable?

An honest conversation about race, racial oppression and systemic racism is long overdue in our country. In this book, Mitch Landrieu has taken a courageous stand in the hopes of moving us in the right direction. His book is well researched and yet very personal. He does an excellent job narrating. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who cares about creating a more inclusive, respectful and just society. He speaks to the better angels of our nature.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

This guy ...

This guy gets it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and his narration was terrific. Engaging. Sincere. Well spoken. Pretty cool accent too.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book

love the book I'm from New Orleans I'm proud to to call him my mayor.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An easy listen. Highly recommend this book.

As a native of Louisiana, I thank Mayor Landrieu for his honesty, truthfulness, courage and conviction to openly discuss race relations and to move the city forward for the next generation.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A primer on the Confederate Statue issue

This book was an easy listen, giving an excellent background on the removal of Confederate Statues in the City of New Orleans.
Mitch Landrieu is on the right side of history; let's hope other elected officials rise to the occasion and do what's right to heal wounds that are over 150 years old. A large step in moving forward from the stain of slavery.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Honesty and integrity. Great read.

The story was told in a way that made me understand why his actions were needed.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

History told truthfully

I found this book compelling and informative. It is vitally important that we stop telling a romanticized version of what the Civil War was about and instead own the horror of slavery and acknowledge the damage and systemic problems it has created that are alive and well in our society today.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great read for today's racially-charged climate

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is well written, well-researched, and entirely appropriate for times that we're currently living in. When one looks back and remembers the turmoil and conflict involved in removing confederate statues from public spaces, we rarely hear about the challenges and push back that was taking place behind the scenes in order to make these changes happen. I really appreciate the clarity that the author provides in regards to what he faced when he was challenged to remove the confederate statues from his city. Although it shouldn't be, it is surprising how much people want to hold on to a time in our history that's reflected such poor values, lack of love for fellow human beings, and outright lack of consideration for the humanity of all people. I especially appreciate the author's ability to consider the past, and compare it with the present. (For some insight into what I'm referring to, see chapter 3. Arguably my favorite chapter of the book.) Additionally, the author gives some insight and background into what took place before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. That is definitely a topic that is not spoken about enough from a person who was on the ground when everything was going on. I wholeheartedly recommend all people, whether you have a dog in the fight or not regarding keeping or removal of Confederate statues, to listen and/or read this book!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Shows why pols need pro to help write in this form

From the courageous former mayor of New Orleans who suffered scathing attacks and physical threats for removing the Confederate statues in the city, an admirable and frank memoir that is, unfortunately, quite uneven in the telling.

I wish he'd hired a professional to help him write it. It also lacked that deeper reflection I have read in the quasi-memoir, quasi-commentary form.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed
  • 09-08-18

An education awaits

Learned a huge amount about the damage casual and institutionalsed racism causes. A deep and real look at Contemporary politics in the US.