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Begin Again

James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.



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12 April 2022
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

'A simply wonderful book' PHILIPPE SANDS

'Begin Again is that rare thing- an instant classic' PANKAJ MISHRA

'Incredibly moving and stirring' DIANA EVANS

America is at a crossroads.

Drawing insight and inspiration from Baldwin's writings, Glaude suggests we can find hope and guidance through an era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Seamlessly combining biography with history, memoir and trenchant analysis of our moment, Begin Again bears witness to the difficult truth of race in America. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a more just future.

'An essayistic marvel . . . deeply personal and yet immensely readable' SARA COLLINS, GUARDIAN

'An urgent, deeply interesting book' RACHEL COOKE, OBSERVER

Winner of the Stowe Prize 2021 Shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2021
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   219g
ISBN:   9781529114300
ISBN 10:   1529114306
Pages:   272
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Glaude is the author of number books, including Democracy in Black- How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. He hails from Moss Point, Mississippi, a small town on gulf coast, and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reviews for Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today

I loved Eddie Glaude's Begin Again. James Baldwin is a man for our moment: in a time of Black Lives Matter we've come to think about our past, our colonial history, enslavement, matters of race and identity. The beauty of this book is not just that it's deeply personal, but that it's also extraordinarily scholarly . . . You're left with an understanding of the extraordinary modernity, relevance and the immense power of James Baldwin. It's a simply wonderful book -- Philippe Sands Timely, powerful . . . Glaude 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 -- Ashish Ghadiali * Observer * A call to confront the truth and legacies of the traumatic birth of America . . . urgent . . . original -- Sujit Sivasundaram * History Today, Books of the Year * A powerful indictment of racial injustice in the US written in conversation with the writings of James Baldwin . . . whose wisdom should be part of our conversations today * New Statesman * Begin Again is that rare thing: an instant classic -- Pankaj Mishra, author of The Age of Anger

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