Book Review Number 48

Surrender, White People!

D L Hughley is an American actor, political commentator, radio host, author and stand-up comedian. This book is partly a look at the history of racism in America, mostly of the last 100 years. It is also an opinion piece about racism from a black person’s perspective. It is a humorous and entertaining approach to the subject, but be prepared for lots of crass street language.

The author presents the history, the issues, and potential solutions in a unique way. It is written as though he is negotiating a peace treaty with white people. He points out that white people have oppressed black people for 400 years but now he has a surprise for them; they are about to become a minority themselves. They have set all the rules by which black people and other people of color must live. But finally the rules are now going to be rebalanced.

Mr. Hughley writes that a reckoning is coming and black and brown people are not going to take a back seat anymore. Whites must give up their unjust privileges and sue for peace while they still can. He warns that the only way for America to move forward is for whites to face their history, abandon their vision of superiority, and open up the institutions to benefit everyone in the nation.

The author presents chapter after chapter as though they are articles of a peace treaty. Each “article” is dedicated to critical issues to be resolved to address past racial abuse as well as level the current social, political, and economic playing field. He addresses reparations in one article; in another he discusses the need for history books to more objectively reflect the story of racism and its long term impact on black people. He also discusses the need to work at understanding each other, defeat white supremacy, and recognize the reality that black and brown people are every bit as American as whites are, with equal rights, opportunities, and with equal access to justice. In the final chapter he assembles the elements of the “treaty” as he discussed them through the other chapters.

I think this book can be a valuable thought provoking treatise on racism for white people. It is humorous and entertaining in its approach to such a serious subject;  but its liberal use of offensive language will cause many people who might benefit from its message not to read it.

Book Review Number 47

Twilight of Democracy – Anne Applebaum

Ms. Applebaum is an American journalist and historian. She has written extensively about Marxism–Leninism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. The focus of this book is the rise of authoritarianism around the world and the stress that is placing on liberal democracies.

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Book Review Number 46

For God and Country: The Christian Case for Trump – Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed is one of the founders of the Christian Coalition as well as the founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. I chose to read this book because of its title and author.

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Book Review Number 45

Factfulness – Hans Rosling

The entire focus of this book is on demonstrating through publicly available statistical data that the condition of the world is much better than people think; further, that it is continuing to improve.

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Book Review Number 44

Surviving Autocracy – Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen, is a Russian-American journalist, author, and activist who is an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin as well as President Donald Trump. He holds dual citizenship and has lived the political reality in both countries under both presidents. He currently lives in New York.

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Book Review Number 42

 Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez

This book should be required reading for every male before he can get a drivers license or register to vote.

The author is a British writer, broadcaster, and feminist activist. In this volume she documents gender inequality and its root causes worldwide. She makes the case that a massive data gap exists between the assumed “default human” (an average male) on which the whole world has been built since the beginning of human history and the reality that the “atypical” (or female) half of the population’s uniqueness is generally ignored.

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Book Review Number 41

White Like Me – Tim Wise

The author is a prominent anti-racist activist, writers, and educators. He has spent the past 25 years lecturing to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses.

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Book Review Number 40

The Uninhabitable Earth:  Life After Warming – David Wallace-Wells

Wallace-Wells is an American journalist who is a contributing writer and deputy editor for New York Magazine. He also writes for the Guardian.

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Book Review Number 39

BELEIVE ME: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump – John Fea

John Fea is a professor of American history; he is also a practicing evangelical Christian. He takes the title of his book, “Believe Me”, from one of Trumps most commonly used expressions.

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