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Publisher's Summary

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the United States following the death of Michael Brown revealed something far deeper than a passionate display of age-old racial frustrations; they unveiled a public chasm that has been growing for years, as America has consistently and intentionally denied significant segments of its population access to full freedom and prosperity.
In Nobody, scholar and journalist Marc Lamont Hill presents a powerful and thought-provoking analysis of race and class by examining a growing crisis in America: the existence of a group of citizens who are made vulnerable, exploitable, and disposable through the machinery of unregulated capitalism, public policy, and social practice. These are the people considered "Nobody" in contemporary America. Through on-the-ground reporting and careful research, Hill shows how this Nobody class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit it in ways that are both humiliating and harmful.
To make his case, Hill carefully reconsiders the details of tragic events like the deaths of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and Freddie Gray and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. He delves deeply into a host of alarming trends including mass incarceration, overly aggressive policing, broken court systems, shrinking job markets, and the privatization of public resources, showing time and time again the ways the current system is designed to worsen the plight of the vulnerable.
Timely and eloquent, Nobody is a keen observation of the challenges and contradictions of American democracy, a must-listen for anyone wanting to better understand the race and class issues that continue to leave their mark on our country today.
©2016 Marc Lamont Hill (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Zahrac29 on 05-15-17

Well Done

I actually have the hard copy of this book and I've read it already. I've assigned to my classes. it is a great exploration of our current political, social, economic moment in American history. I think all citizens should read this book. much of it has been discussed in the Press. however, Professor Hill unpacks important histories and theories to fully understand these horrible yet important events.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Donsfan on 06-28-18

Great Book, Fast Narrator

I really enjoyed this book and overall the narrator was great (I think he is the author). His voice is atmospheric and full of passion; however the audio seems to have been edited. It is an unabridged reading, but any natural pauses for breath seem to be missing. So overall the narration is very fast. Just look at the length of the book (only six hours). A lot of information is covered in that time, and i'd have liked the narration to have been a little slower in places. To be clear, it's not that the narrator is speaking too quickly, but that his sentences barely seem to have any gaps between them. Very unusual.

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