The Breakthrough by Gwen Ifill
Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

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In The Breakthrough, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential victory and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s. She offers incisive, detailed profiles of such prominent leaders as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama (all interviewed for this book), and also covers numerous up-and-coming figures from across the nation. Drawing on exclusive interviews with power brokers such as President Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, his son Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict, the race/ gender clash, and the "black enough" conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history.

The Breakthrough is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy in the age of Obama.


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About Gwen Ifill

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GWEN IFILL is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Before coming to PBS, she was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, and had been a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Boston Herald American. She lives in Washington, D.C. GWEN IFILL is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Before coming to PBS, she was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, and had been a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Boston Herald American. She lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published January 20, 2009 by Anchor. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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“The bench is deep,” Ifill writes, “crammed elbow to elbow with mayors, state lawmakers and other rising stars poised to grab at the next brass ring.” “The Breakthrough” argues that the new generation of black politicians presents a twofold challenge: to American politics at large, and to the bl...

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The situation is nicely summed up by a quote from Michael Steele, the Maryland politician just elected chairman of the Republican National Committee: “This generation is less interested in having a seat at the lunch counter and more interested in owning the diner.” This amounts, in Ifill’s phrase...

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USA Today

You would never catch this black man with his fist in the air."The book probes the tensions and differences between the older leaders of the civil rights movement, who tended to support Hillary Clinton, and the younger beneficiaries of those struggles, including Obama.The best parts are profiles,...

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