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  • A staggering intellectual history

    New Republic
  • Unusually original and groundbreaking ... Ibram X Kendi's brilliant book ... has disturbed some readers because of the author's fearless reappraisal of the words, actions and philosophies of some of the more revered heroes of American abolitionism and civil rights -- including African American heroes ... Kendi remains awake to nuance and complexity [yet] this is not a historian fearful of upsetting orthodoxies or questioning fixed reputations. He goes where the evidence takes him, which is not to where we or we might want it to go ... a compelling if discomfiting thesis ... persuasive and powerful

    David Olusoga, Observer
  • Absorbing… This is a powerful, thought-provoking book that features a dizzying array of characters, deftly navigates complex intellectual terrain and draws on a wealth of evidence

    Simon Hall, Literary Review
  • A deep (and often disturbing) chronicling of how anti-black thinking has entrenched itself in the fabric of American society

  • Upends many commonly held beliefs about how racism works

    Boston Globe

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