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"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

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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.

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Great book

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

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A must read about our past and present

This was a very personal story about Mitch and how his values and morals were shaped.

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Great Book

This book is timely and needed. America needs to come to terms with past and embrace a future for all Americans.

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This guy ...

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

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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.

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Outstanding and thought-provoking

Mitch Landrieu presents an articulate, thought-provoking, and well-researched account of his life and time in office and his initial epiphany of why it is important to remove monuments to the lost cause of the Confederacy. The story documents his struggles to achieve this goal. He is a great speaker and his reading of his book is inspiring.

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Well said

Thank you and I hope all US citizens get a opportunity to hear your words.

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Flat out a MUST read/listen!

Every American (and definitely every American Southerner) needs to hear the history behind these statues. Mitch Landrieu’s personal story gives it a warm, family feel.

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This book was worth the time to listen and learn

from its author.. A very personal ,intellectual,and witty true story by Mayor Mitch L andrieu. " 2 thumbs up Mayor"...Margie Hawkins (4/18/2018)