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Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Begin Again

James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

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Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 14 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781784744335

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A searing indictment of racial injustice in America - inspired by the life and work of James Baldwin - to help us understand the present moment, and imagine a new future into being 'Not everything is lost.

4 stars out of 5
Ashish Ghadiali
11 Jan 2021

"The great writer’s passion and resilience resonate anew in Eddie S Glaude Jr’s timely, powerful study"

There is a common reading of his career, dismissed by Glaude as a “stale characterisation”, that he hit the heights of his literary genius in 1963; that, thereafter, “his rage and politics got the best of him”... Glaude challenges this convention with conviction. He invites us with him to “read Baldwin to the end” and reveals a writer, not spent, but rather illuminating the path beyond despair – the work of a saint if ever there was such a thing. This witness through the dark times, which Glaude argues are upon us once again, is, he says, the true measure of Baldwin’s greatness: an enduring testament to his love and the belief that the US can and must be something more than it is.