A Fool's Errand

Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump
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Original Publish Date: Sep 24, 2019
Product Number: EB00748341
Released: Sep 24, 2019
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ISBN: #9781588346773
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
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Founding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life. His story is by turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, bittersweet, and above all, a compelling read. In its first four months of operation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and quickly became a cherished, vital monument to the African American experience. And yet this accomplishment was never assured. In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans. Outlining the challenges of site choice, architect selection, building design, and the compilation of an unparalleled collection of African American artifacts, Bunch also delves into his personal struggles--especially the stress of a high-profile undertaking--and the triumph of establishing such an institution without mentors or guidebooks to light the way. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identity. This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only readers working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed--and do it spectacularly--in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.

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Narrator(s): J.D. Jackson
Product Number DD48940
Released: Jan 28, 2020
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Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684578351
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Narrator(s): J.D. Jackson
Product Number Z100156599
Released: Jan 28, 2020
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Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684578344

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