Stamped from the Beginning

  • by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Narrated by Christopher Dontrell Piper
  • 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary



Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction
A New York Times best-seller in race and civil rights
Finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
"The most ambitious book of 2016" (Washington Post)
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
A Root Best Book of 2016
A BuzzFeed Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
A Bustle Best Book of 2016
Nominated for 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Nonfiction
A Kirkus Best History Book of 2016
A Kirkus Best Book of 2016 to explain current politics
A Kirkus Best Heartrending Nonfiction Book of 2016
An Entropy Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
The Washington Post 2016 summer reading list

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America - more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.

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very informative

I am very greatful to have pick this book by random. I learned so much. I knew some of the facts, which only kept my focus. yet, I wouldnt have looked at them from this angle.... which I def. agree. #Truth. It gets straight to the point. hits each point quickly. I had to go back in order not to miss a few key points in our nations history. I feel that it left some things out or didnt go into to much detail... maybe that was to keep on track and not get lost in another direction. I enjoyed every bit of it. thank you to the writer and speaker. Great job.
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- Elsa

Stamped From the Beginning is a must read!!!

This book should be a must read for every American. We need to see how racist ideas penetrate our lives, our beliefs, our society, and our politics. Please take the time to read this book. Please also consider the book, The New Jim Crow, which opens up the disgrace of our mass incarceration prison industrial complex. Please carry these discussions on racial injustice to your friends and neighbors. Blessings to you all.
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- Jade S. Allen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2017
  • Publisher: Novel Audio