The Michael Eric Dyson Reader by Michael Eric Dyson

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Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupac Shakur, and many more, Michael Eric Dyson has emerged as the leading African-American intellectual of his generation. This collection gathers the best of Dyson's vast and growing body of work from the last several years: his most incisive commentary, the most stirring passages, and the sharpest, most probing and broadminded critical analyses. From Michael Jordan to the role of religion in public life, from Toni Morrison to patriotism in the wake of 9/11, the mastery and ease with which Dyson tackles just about any subject of relevance to black America today is without parallel.
 

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Michael Eric Dyson" is an ordained Baptist minister and Ida B. Wells Barnett University Professor at DePaul University. He is the author of "Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, Between God and Gangsta Rap, " and "Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line." He lives with his family in Chicago.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Basic Civitas Books. 578 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Whether writing on Michael Jackson or Michael Jordan, Jesse Jackson or Martin Luther King, he offers a balanced vision that explicates the strengths of his subjects while it excoriates their theoretical lapses, whether sexism or a narrowly reductionist reading of racial politics.

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Collecting 27 transcribed conversations involving an impressive list of thinkers—including scholars (Gary Orfield, Cornel West), politicians (John McCain, John Kerry) and pop political commentators (Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher)—Dyson and company tackle practically every angle in Ame...

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he goes on to dispute Cornel West's attack on black nihilism by urging a focus on how power in the inner cities has shifted to a dangerous ""juvenocracy."" A final essay on Waiting to Exhale seems a throwaway, but before that, Dyson thoughtfully urges black leaders to ""transform"" race, to chall...

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(Francine Prose wrote earlier of gluttony, Wendy Wasserstein of sloth...) ""If pride is a sin,"" Dyson writes, ""it is no ordinary sin, to be sure."" Indeed, Dyson, a prolific author, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and an ordained Baptist minister, takes his time in explicating the v...

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Dyson's descriptions of the women he meets are nearly novelistic:""I can still see her face: a honey chocolate, pie-shaped visage silhouetted by a shock of dark curls and lit by bright eyes that were lanterns of learning through which her students illuminated the first time to dark corners of bla...

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Simpson trial, gangsta rap, the problems educated black women face in finding marriageable black men, sexuality and the black church, and the advantages whites accrue from having their whiteness accepted not as a specific racial/cultural category but as the universal social norm.

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