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The number one New York Times best seller and a USA Today best seller!

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism - and antiracism - in America

This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. 

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas - and on ways listeners can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

©2020 Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (P)2020 Little, Brown Young Readers

Critic Reviews

An "engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America...The greatest service Kendi [provides] is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradictions and unintended consequences." (Washington Post)

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You can't fight what you don't know-Jason Reynolds

I'm a 54 yr old white woman. After reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi I wanted to read this book before I read Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi because I know that there is so much I don't know. White privilege has given me that luxury. I am trying to strip it away. I recommend this and all the books I've mentioned here as a comprehensive place to start.

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Informative but not clinical

The book is an easy listen. The vernacular of the book and the cadence of the narrator made listening to this book like sitting in my living room listening to my dad, uncles, cousins, and friends discuss the history systemic racism. I would recommend this book to readers of from middle school and up. Those new on their journey of understanding all and those a firmly on their journey still seeking to fill in holes of how certain things came to be.

I laughed, cringed, amen'd, teared up, smiled and so forth. Definitely a book I shall recommend.

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Best Not History, History book I have ever read!

I read this book in one day and then added it to my curriculum. This book provides a funny, relatable, refreshing, clear view on historical events that have impacted racism and the racist ideologies that are deeply engrained in American and European history. I loved the humor and the tactful and graceful telling of the truth and the lives of those who championed against racism in different ways. It is comprehensive and real. 5 stars!

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Incredible. You MUST listen to this. Get learnt.

"Hatred has a way of convincing us half-love is whole." The best, best "history" book I have ever had the honor of listening to. Thank you. I feel inspired to fight the good fight.

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Exceptional!!!

Listening to JR deliver the in-depth "nonhistory" lesson was such a great experience. I'm pretty sure I didn't see my family for hours as I breathed in every word. I learned about black people who loved this land and this life and wanted the same things as we all do; peace of mind and the freedom to live and love as we choose without judgement or biases based on brown skin; black skin; white skin. The narrative depicted in the novel is entertaining and forthright; delivered by tenacious and thought provoking writers this is a must read for all people; not just those of color. I look forward to sharing this work with my students and colleagues.

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this book should be in every history class

I'm looking into getting a class set. The engaging and truthful way you tell this story will draw out students into real and in-depth discussions around race. Thank you for writing this!

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Disappointed

I liked the history but feel that this book is about heralding Obama and concentrated on white people being racist no matter what they say or do, because it is all about being racist against black people. If we are to eradicate racism, we should focus on uniting ALL people and stop dividing people by color on all sides - every white person is assumed a racist no matter if they are or not. And violence against white people or any form of authority is considered good and justified by many and is encouraged. How is that not racism? I agree that what was done to black people in the past is horrific and shouldn’t have happened and we need to get better, to BE better as a whole. How women were treated in the past is awful as well and continues in some respects today and shouldn’t happen. Again, we all need to get better and be better. ALL. OF. US.

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Prepare to be shaken!

A jarring look at racism: Its history and prevalence in today's world. Jason Reynolds is amazing. Listening to the Audible version is the best way to "read" the book. Now I'll go back and mark passages I want to share!

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Excellence

Phenomenal, informative, enlightening. Narrator was excellent and real. He made me want to listen

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Wow!

A must read for every human being. The reading of the text by Reynolds is phenomenal. The facts are presented in a way that is easy to understand, especially for younger readers. The way to in which the text is organized adds to its impact and readability. Empowering, thought-provoking, maddening and uplifting. If you no longer want to walk around with blinders, please read.

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  • 08-16-20

A must listen/read

This is a must read/ listen for all people! It makes a topic that can seem tough to wade through or to start learning about accessible to all.
It does require listening carefully and at time rewinding to listen again but it is well worth the time.
It feel more like a conversation than a lecture.
Please please listen to the very end of the acknowledgements. I often don’t listen all the way to the end of the acknowledgements but in this case please do.

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  • 08-02-20

a great introduction

not an easy ready, but the closest you'll get for such a hard topic.

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  • 06-27-20

Explains the seed racism and it's continued growth

really enjoyed the breakdown and the analyst of understanding racism through the ages. Become anti-racist!

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  • C.J. Lister
  • 06-27-21

Stamped

An essential read for anyone interested in the subject matter. This book gives a frank but brief history of racism and anti-racism. While it is brief like I mentioned it gives you enough info to be an important book to all but doesn't bore you if you're not into history. This isn't a criticism it's a compliment. Because to deliver so much info in such an interesting and fun way it makes it accessible to all who is interested in learning about the true history of colonialism, capitalism, and racism in America.

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  • 02-19-21

Incredible

Listened too as part of our work book club. Very informative, powerful and so well read by the authors!

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  • 02-11-21

Wow

I’ve listened to several books on ‘real’ Black lived history and on antiracism in recent years. This one is drop-the-mic amazing. Compellingly narrated, like modern poetry, Jason Reynolds talks to you like you’re sitting across the table from him. Incredibly impactful and brings newer stories and reflections to the table.
Read this book!

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  • Aquila Hope
  • 01-16-21

Informative and powerful

Glad I sat down and listened, especially to the earlier chapters that aren't in my current memory. Must read!

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  • Connor Graham
  • 01-05-21

History from an often overlooked point of view

There is a very good reason why this book has received enormous praise, and that is because it is simply brilliant.

As someone who enjoys history and has studied many of the areas of which this book covers, it was very insightful and humbling to be taught it again for this perspective. The origins of modern racism towards black people in America are disappointingly hollow their motivations, and it's truly saddening that those initial lies can be attributed too centuries of suffering and pain.

I would highly recommend this audiobook, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these much needed thoughts and perspectives. A truly invaluable education.

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  • 12-04-20

perfect!

amazing outline of American racist history! if you a are serious about anti-racism, this is a must read.

in a fresh, hip, and contemporary language the author downtime, eloquently, and clearly shows the causes and evolutions of racism, all as distinguish very clearly between racism, assimilationism, and anti-racism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-20

Superb

What a great book -powerful, compelling, hugely informative and beautifully read. And so important right now

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  • 04-10-21

An passionate and accessible explanation

It's like coming across an open secret. I am so thankful to have been empowered

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  • C Lacerda
  • 01-18-21

mandatory for schools across America

I think this history/non history book should be part of every school in America.
"The only thing wrong with Black people is that we think something is wrong with Black people"