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With President Obama's election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players - and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House.
Fracture traces the party's makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton's campaign represent an embrace of Obama's legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton's stand on race both similar to and different from Obama's or from her husband's? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her - and what will happen if they don't?
Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama to illuminate three of the most important figures in modern political history and how race can affect the crucial 2016 election and the future of America itself.
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By Judith Novak on 10-06-15
Encyclopedic rendition of civil rights movement...
What disappointed you about Fracture?
Too dry and unanimated
How could the performance have been better?
To have interjected more of the personalities and the personal drama of the principal players
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Voluminous research which would serve a student population well.
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