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.
A magnificent book filled with the type of passion, lyricism, and fire that James Baldwin commands and deserves. Eddie Glaude Jr. takes us on a unique and illuminating journey through Baldwin's life and writings by both physically and philosophically following in his footsteps. In this phenomenal work, we are treated to a timeless and spellbinding conversation between two brilliant writers, thinkers, and active witnesses, addressing issues - past, present, and future - that are necessary, urgent, and vital for our survival -- Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I'm Dying and Everything Inside In the midst of an ugly Trump regime and a beautiful Baldwin revival, Eddie Glaude has plunged to the profound depths and sublime heights of Baldwin's prophetic challenge to our present-day crisis. This book is, undoubtedly, the best treatment we have of Baldwin's genius and relevance. Glaude's masterpiece puts a smile on Baldwin's face from the grave even as Baldwin weeps for us in this grim moment! -- Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters and Race Matters How often, amid the ongoing violence and division of our current chapter of American history, have I been made to recall not only the piercing brilliance of James Baldwin, but also his discomfiting prescience? An old world is dying, he wrote in No Name in the Street, and a new one, kicking in the belly of its mother, time, announces that it is ready to be born. The magic of Begin Again is that it allows us to ponder Baldwin both in his perilous era and in our own. Remarkable, and remarkably relevant -- Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Life on Mars James Baldwin's stature as an artist and thinker grows and grows while the reputations of most of his much-ballyhooed contemporaries shrink. There is no more eloquent guide to his bracing ideas about our past and future than Eddie Glaude, and Begin Again is that rare thing: an instant classic -- Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger Incredibly moving and stirring. Begin Again contextualises this moment of heartbreak at racism's clutch at the throat of the world in the history of America's tragic and festering lie, while evoking Baldwin's wise, ferocious and benevolent spirit. This book is exactly the galvanising thing to read at a point where hopelessness feels possible. It underlines just how relevant and crucial Baldwin's work has always been and always will be, at the same time as reminding me of the moral charge of writing and everything he and his peers suffered and sacrificed -- Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People