The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America (Paperback)

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The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America (Paperback)


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Shelby Steele is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University, and is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. His many prizes and honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Emmy Award, a Writers Guild Award, and the National Humanities Medal.

Product Details ISBN: 9780060974152
ISBN-10: 006097415X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 23rd, 1998
Pages: 192
Language: English

“Steele has given eloquent voice to painful truths that are almost always left unspoken in the nation’s circumscribed public discourse on race.” — New York Times

“One of the best books on race in America to appear in the past twenty-five years . . . No one who reads it honestly and with an open mind will ever think about race in quite the same way again.” — Wall Street Journal

“Steele writes with a rare elegance and honesty . . . This is one of those rare books that force reexamination of basic assumptions.” — Boston Globe

“Brutally honest, remarkably brave, and timely . . . We cannot afford to ignore his conclusions.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A brilliant book. Shelby Steele’s brave, penetrating intelligence goes to the heart of the dilemma of race in America.” — Time

“Steele combines the literary sensibility of novelist Ralph Ellison with the analytic acuteness of American’s most profound black man, Frederick Douglass . . . Steele’s writings will last, to be read by generations as distant in time from him as he is from Douglass, whose worthy successor Steele is.” — George F. Will, Newsweek

“Elegant, personal pieces. Brilliant.” — New York magazine

“Well-written . . . Moving and persuasive.” — BusinessWeek