The veteran journalist and author of the best-selling The Silicon Boys presents a cautionary behind-the-scenes portrait of the Supreme Court and the secret world of its Justices, arguing that their decisions in landmark cases are subverting democracy.
"Everyone knows the story of the murder of young Emmett Till. In August 1955, the fourteen-year-old Chicago boy was murdered in Mississippi for having—supposedly—flirted with a white woman named Carolyn Bryant, who was working behind the counter of a store. Emmett was taken from the home of a relative later that night by white men; three days later, his naked body was recovered in the Tallahatchie River, weighed down by a cotton-gin fan. Till's killers were acquitted, but details of what had happened to him became public; the story gripped the country and sparked outrage.It continues to turn. The murder has been the subject of books and documentaries, rising and falling in number with anniversaries and tie-ins, and shows no sign of letting up. The Tillmurder continues to haunt the American conscience. Fifty years later, in 2005, the FBI reopened the case. New papers and testimony have come to light, and several participants, including Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, have published autobiographies. Using this new evidence and a broadened historical context, Elliott Gorn delves into facets of the case never before studied and considers how and why the story of Emmett Till still resonates, and likely always will. Even as it marked a turning point, Gornshows, hauntingly, it reveals how old patterns of thought and behavior linger in new faces, and how deeply embedded racism in America remains. Gorn does full justice to both Emmett and the Till Case—the boy and the symbol—and shows how and why their intersection illuminates a number of crossroads: of north and south, black and white, city and country, industrialization and agriculture, rich and poor, childhood and adulthood."—Provided by publisher.
Describes the career and friendship between two iconic basketball players for the Boston Celtics set against the backdrop of race relations and civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s which resulted in repercussions in the within the sports community.
Recounts the transformation of American democracy after the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act and discusses how a half-century later the issues of race, representation and political power are just as heated as ever before.
A Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times journalist follows a family in Oregon, the Bogles, with a generations-spanning history of criminal behavior, aiming to debunk long-held stereotypes about race and crime and using these insights to highlight new efforts at reform.
A narrative chronicle of the Battle of the Chesapeake traces the maneuvers by Lafayette and Washington that are credited with America's Revolutionary War victory. By the National Book Award-winning author of Valiant Ambition and Mayflower.
A portrait of Babe Ruth and his partnership with business manager Christy Walsh traces how their strategies, achievements and notoriety established a blueprint for modern athletic stardom.
The best-selling author of The Secret War draws on survivor interviews from both sides in a modern history of the Vietnam War that discusses its hotly debated political divides, major and lesser-known battles and brutal human costs. 150,000 first printing.
An essayist and novelist explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies and deception does to a black body, a black family and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.
"An acclaimed historian's definitive biography of the most important African-American figure of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, who was to his century what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the 20th century"—
The star of "2 Dope Queens" presents a humorous essay collection that explores subjects ranging from intersectional feminism and today's destructive dating scene to the cultural obsession with work and beauty.
An Ivy League historian and fifth-generation Nebraskan presents an intimate and urgent assessment of the existential political crisis in today's America that traces the dismantling of tribal traditions and the rise of volatile bipartisanism. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Vanishing American Adult.
A story of race, guns, and self-protection in America today is delivered through the quest of a young black man learning to shoot a handgun better than a white person. 25,000 first printing.