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Terkel, Studs. RACE: HOW BLACKS AND WHITES THINK AND FEEL ABOUT THE AMERICAN OBSESSION. New York City, NY: The New Press, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 403 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's ninth book. One of the most important literary and cultural events of the last decade of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The chronicler of The American Dream revisits The American Obsession, and prophetically anticipates its exacerbation at the turn of the new century. "He encourages a wide range of Americans, black and white, to speak their minds about race with remarkable frankness. The resulting book is infinitely more informative than polls taken on such issues because the subjects are allowed to explore their thoughts, prejudices, hopes, and fears. There is almost universal agreement among the blacks and their white sympathizers interviewed that life looks darker for blacks now than it did 20 years ago. A strong commitment to civil rights, meaningful affirmative action, poverty programs, and a social climate in which overt racism was unacceptable all suffered during the Reagan Years. Economic hardships that are also partly a legacy of that era are further polarizing American society in ways that are seldom discussed. As South African author Rian Malan tells Terkel, 'I think there's been an unhealthy trend in America for a long time not to discuss race. I think airing prejudice could be healthy. Race prejudice is something that thrives in ignorance'. The reader comes away with greatly expanded understanding of much recent American social history" (Publishers Weekly). "I don't know one black person who has never had an encounter with the cops" (a young, white, middle-class musician to Studs Terkel). Studs Terkel died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96, yet another American icon who will not be replaced. A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Studs Terkel collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of very few copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1985 for "The Good War". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and a national treasure. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STUDS TERKEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1565840003. $100.00

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