Jackson, 1964

And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America
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Product Number: Z100114604
Released: Jun 28, 2016
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ISBN: #9780735289109
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From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, a deeply resonant, career-spanning collection of articles on race and racism, from the 1960s to the present In the early sixties, Calvin Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Over the next five decades of reporting, he often returned to scenes of racial tension. Now, for the first time, the best of Trillin's pieces on race in America have been collected in one volume. In the title essay of Jackson, 1964, we experience Trillin's riveting coverage of the pathbreaking voter registration drive known as the Mississippi Summer Project-coverage that includes an unforgettable airplane conversation between Martin Luther King, Jr., and a young white man sitting across the aisle. ("I'd like to be loved by everyone," King tells him, "but we can't always wait for love.") In the years that follow, Trillin rides along with the National Guard units assigned to patrol black neighborhoods in Wilmington, Delaware; reports on the case of a black homeowner accused of manslaughter in the death of a white teenager in an overwhelmingly white Long Island suburb; and chronicles the remarkable fortunes of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a black carnival krewe in New Orleans whose members parade on Mardi Gras in blackface. He takes on issues that are as relevant today as they were when he wrote about them. Excessive sentencing is examined in a 1970 piece about a black militant in Houston serving thirty years in prison for giving away one marijuana cigarette. The role of race in the use of deadly force by police is highlighted in a 1975 article about an African American shot by a white policeman in Seattle. Uniting all these pieces are Trillin's unflinching eye and graceful prose. Jackson, 1964 is an indispensable account of a half-century of race and racism in America, through the lens of a master journalist and writer who was there to bear witness. Reader by Robert Fass, with the introduction read by the author Advance praise for Jackson, 1964 "Trillin, a regular contributor to the New Yorker since 1963, collects his insights and musings on race in America in previously published essays from over fifty years of reporting...? What's shocking is how topical and relatively undated many of these essays seem today."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The author of some thirty titles, Trillin revisits the last half-century's racial struggles in various regions of the country, and readers are likely to come away thinking, 'so much has not really changed all that much.'...?aunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror."-Kirkus Reviews Praise for Calvin Trillin "That rarity, reportage as art."-The New York Times "[A writer] of painterly, impeccably crafted journalism."-People "Trillin is perhaps the finest reporter in America."-The Miami Herald "If Truman Capote invented the nonfictio

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Author(s): Calvin Trillin
Product Number EB00628870
Released: Jun 28, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780399588259

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"This audiobook is a collection of the author's groundbreaking reporting on the Civil Rights movement, race, and racism in America since the 1960s. These articles represent some of the most riveting, immediate, and pointed writing on a subject that continues to be a major issue in American social and political life. They are written in Trillin's singular style, which is both readable and enduring. Trillin reads the introduction in a rather flat voice and leaves the rest of the book to Robert Fass, who narrates as a reporter, sticking to the facts in a low, muted voice. Fass varies his pitch and tone enough to keep the book interesting, but his performance understates the emotions in Trillin's work. A more dynamic approach would have been more effective. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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