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A provocative, lively deep dive into the meaning of America's first black president and first black presidency, from "one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today" (Vanity Fair).

©2016 Michael Eric Dyson, c/o McKinnon McIntyre (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • CJ
  • 02-06-18

Unbalanced, narrow and personal

I’m a general fan of M.E.D. however this book could have been entitled “I have an axe to grind against Obama and here’s why”. For all of M.E.D.’s theoretical splendor and verbal gymnastics, he fails to truly appreciate the practical, political and strategic approach 44 took after his election and re-election.

Although being President for all America, Dyson short changes what he accomplished for Black America - either directly or indirectly - during his term. If you pay attention to everything Sessions & 45 are trying to undo, you will start to appreciate everything 44 & Holder accomplished. Additionally there is way too much emphasis placed on Obama’s biracial genetics as a explanation for his motivations or positioning. Your title is “ The Black Presidency” not “The Bi-racial Presidency”. Although a factor, it was highlighted way too much.

Of course Obama, as a black man, is given license to speak more directly and candidly to and about his culture. To suggest since his mother was white, he should feel empowered to speak as candidly to white America is in a word, naive. Obama was astute enough to know his Presidency was a beta that would stretch beyond his time at 1600. His approach was not philosophical. His approach was not theoretical. It was strategic, practical and given his election and re-election, successful. He had what others in academia or the speaking circuit did not have had - responsibility and accountability. Basically he had to get “stuff” done, just not talk about it.

I did not find this to be a book about “The Black Presidency”. My opinion, it’s more of an opinion piece with some selective facts and quotes sprinkled in as opposed to a balanced and objective account, good and/or bad, of Obama’s 8 years. Honestly it came across more personal, again like an axe to grind. You were candid in your book, hopefully you can appreciate the same candor in this review.

Respectfully submitted.

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Absolutely Love author Michael Eric Dyson

Informative and entertaining. Love the fact that the author Michael Eric Dyson is also the reader. Great read!!!!! 📕

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Awesome

was able to view the President more as a great leader and person. The writer was prolific in showing the good and the bad or a positive aspects and less positive aspects of the presidency

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Repetitive AF

Not enough meat on them there bones. Dyson comes across more as a cheerleader than an objective author.

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Only the Heart can truly appreciate profound Truth!

Not only ami proud to be Black, but just as proud to be American after hear such a profoundly heart given experience on the Presidency of Barak Hussein Obama. Thank you Michael Eric Dyson for this memorable experience of to date The Greatest President of these United States of America. I got emotional even after the third time as well as on the occasion of the Eulogy for The Pastor. God continue to Bless you, President Obama and his family and God Bless these United States of America!

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Very good book!

It was very informative and kept me interested in finishing. Good narration of the book.

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Dr.Dyson the best!

I just want to be one of his students in his class..He powerful beyond all great measure...Thank You, Sir....

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POWERFUL

Balanced. Beautiful crafted criticism and praise of our president. as always I enjoyed Michael Eric Dyson Elegance in speech, but in this book are more appreciated his honesty and candor.

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The Truth Be Told

This book tells of the plight of mixed race people who grapple with the biases around them. It clearly showed how the most powerful man in America could not comfortably be himself without fighting his mother and father; Truly AMAZING GRACE!!! God Bless America.
This book is recommended to all African leaders Being a Black leader means nothing to to a white man who feels entitled even when he's not qualified or deserve what the black man has by virtue of God's Grace or the blood,sweat and sometimes life

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Slow start, great finish!

I'm not going lie, this book was a roller coaster, at first listen it was really informative and dry, but before I knew it, Mr. Dyson had gripping the safety bar and anticipating something real exciting. I love how he made the connect of going from a Black President to a Black President while still being the man we love and respect, great story.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful