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Rooted in his own powerful personal story, 21-year-old Zachary Wood shares his dynamic perspective on free speech, race, and dissenting opinions - in a world that sorely needs to learn to listen.

As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs - sometimes vehemently so - and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media.

But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. In Uncensored, he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives.

By sharing his troubled upbringing - from a difficult early childhood filled with pain, uncertainty, and conflict to the struggles of code-switching between his home in a rough neighborhood and his elite private school - Zach makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others in a nation and a world that has never felt more polarized. In Uncensored, he hopes to foster a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations, both on campus and beyond.

©2018 Zachary R. Wood (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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thought provoking yet engaging

trauma is a form of sobriety- 1 of many takeaways from this book. thank you.

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worth your time

The honest, vulnerable and nonjudgemental memoir this young man tells is worth the listen. Heartwrenching and insightful

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Riveting

Loved it. As a hardcore liberal; force me to self examine; ask myself some hard questions. Moments where I was deeply moved by it's authenticity. Well done.

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Thoughtful, thought provoking

Very interesting first book by a 22 year old, deep thinking young man.

Conservative or liberal is not the point.

Respect, empathy and shared humanity

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Mesmerizing

Well written and jarring at times. He really is open ,blunt and to the point. Unlike Mr.Woods, I'm a conservative and I also like to hear others opinions . Very well done and very enjoyable.