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A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law Kindle Edition
This blisteringly candid discussion of the American racial dilemma in the age of Black Lives Matter brings together the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the former attorney general of the United States, a bestselling author and death penalty lawyer, and a star professor for an honest conversation the country desperately needs to hear.
Drawing on their collective decades of work on civil rights issues as well as personal histories of rising from poverty and oppression, these titans of the legal profession discuss the importance of working for justice in an unjust time.
Covering topics as varied as “the commonality of pain,” “when ‘public’ became a dirty word,” and the concept of an “equality dividend” that is due to people of color for helping America brand itself internationally as a country of diversity and acceptance, Sherrilyn Ifill, Loretta Lynch, Bryan Stevenson, and Anthony C. Thompson engage in a deeply thought-provoking discussion on the law’s role in both creating and solving our most pressing racial quandaries. A Perilous Path will speak loudly and clearly to everyone concerned about America’s perpetual fault line.
“A probing, provocative conversation on the national narrative in the Trump era. . . . The discussion presents a striking contrast between governmental initiatives today and those of the Obama administration while suggesting that if these are times of great struggle, they are also times of great determination and hope. . . . A wake-up call for the American dream.”
“Exactly the book we all need right now. A Perilous Path is a roundtable of four of the best civil rights minds in the country discussing their work, their lives, and the fight for justice that we need at this harrowing hour in U.S. history.”
Praise for Bryan Stevenson:
"Bryan Stevenson is the Mandela of America."
About the Author
Loretta Lynch was the eighty-third attorney general of the United States and lives in Washington, D.C. She is a co-author, with Sherrilyn Ifill, Bryan Stevenson, and Anthony C. Thompson, of A Perilous Path (The New Press).
Bryan Stevenson is the author of Just Mercy and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a co-author, with Sherrilyn Ifill, Loretta Lynch, and Anthony C. Thompson, of A Perilous Path (The New Press).
Anthony C. Thompson is a professor and faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at New York University School of Law. He is the author of Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities and Dangerous Leaders, a co-author, with Sherrilyn Ifill, Loretta Lynch, and Bryan Stevenson, of A Perilous Path (The New Press), and editor of Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law (The New Press). He lives in New York.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B0744QZBV1
- Publisher : The New Press (March 6, 2018)
- Publication date : March 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 764 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 126 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #424,812 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- it's a small book 4.75in x 7.25in and 112 pages.
- it's basically a transcript of a discussion, moderated by Anthony C Thompson with Sherrilyn Ifill, Loretta Lynch and Bryan Stevenson as the panel.
- it takes place Feb. 2017, so there are some references that are dated.... for ex. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
- if you, like me, have read/follow Stevenson and/or Ifill, there will be some themes you definitely have heard before. With that, I tried to glean whatever new I could from this discussion and given the amount of time invested, I felt it was a worthwhile exercise.
My advice, if you are going to get the book, get ebook or audiobook & treat it like a long article or opinion piece.
A Perilous Path reminds me a great deal of some of these "dated" magazine articles. This conversation between some of the most important voices we need to hear on race today raises many salient points. Unfortunately, because it was conducted almost immediately after the current president's inauguration, many of the comments are too tied to that specific time period. Now more than a year later, we know much more of how what was merely speculation has begun to work itself out.
I wish this had been published as a long form article in a magazine or journal in 2017, with perhaps an editor going back to the participants to develop a book with this same group developing their points in a better format for looking ahead, given the current (and no doubt many years ahead) situation.
Still worth a read, but not the best from any of the group.