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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America
Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

Julia PDX, January 1, 2011

This book is incredibly well-researched and clearly presented. Williams does a fabulous job of tracing the history of modern policing in the United States from the slave patrols to present day. Rich in detail and accessible in style, I would recommend "Our Enemies in Blue" to anyone interested in examining structural injustices in our system of policing, in making sense of negative experiences with the cops, and/or looking for a jumping off point for much needed change.

I learned more than a couple pieces of Oregon history regarding racism and the police that are too often forgotten.
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Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America
Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

Julia PDX, January 31, 2010

This is my favorite nonfiction book! Williams combines thorough research and citation, accessible language, and coherent, critical thought to illuminate the history and function of modern policing. Towards the end of the book, he explores alternatives to police, leaving the reader with a more just framework for evaluating what it can mean for a community to "protect and serve" itself.
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Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back

Julia PDX, November 1, 2009

This is the best book about alienation I have ever read. I loved Lafcadio as a child, and I love Uncle Shelby's story about a bright, curious lion's existential crisis to this day.
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Another Country by James Baldwin
Another Country

Julia PDX, November 1, 2009

James Baldwin's prose is stunning and brutal, sometimes heartbreaking, and always true to his experience in our world. In Another Country, Baldwin courageously explores themes of race, gender, class and sexuality as he tells the story of a black musician's life in New York and the communities in which he finds himself. The characters that populate the pages of Another Country are nuanced, and the plot masterfully illuminates complex systems of oppression without seeming even a little contrived. This is one of my favorite books of all time.
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Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream
Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream

Julia PDX, October 28, 2009

Zeskind has an exhaustive knowledge of white power movements in the United States, Blood and Politics clearly illustrates this fact.

The author does a great job of conveying a large amount of information to the reader, while writing accessibly at the same time. On occasion, Zeskind is unnecessarily thorough, failing to trim down his presentation of different sectors of the white power movement relative to their historical importance. The most prominent example being his focus on the minutiae of Willis Carto's political machinations, and lack of focus on the growing anti-immigration/Nativist movement.

The real value in Blood and Politics lies in its illumination of the influences and crossover between different white power movements. The book's main flaw is its failure to connect this trend of radical racism to its larger, systemic moorings in law enforcement, policy, school, and prisons.
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