"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." --Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate."There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state senator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed....
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In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History Reviews
One can’t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama’s “Dreams of My Father” was. It’s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. If you read the acknowledgments at the end of the book you might question how much of the book he actually wrote with thanks to speech writers and journalists. However, if you have seen him on television speaking about ...more
An inspiring book by a brave politician
In this well written, fascinating account of Mitch Landrieu’s life and his work to rebuild the city of New Orleans , especially after the devastation in the wake of Katrina, he leaves us with his legacy for his beautiful city- hope in place of despair, morality in place of shame.
This story is a message not only for Americans, but relevant to many cities and countries , including my own, where history is not yet being used for an inclusive future for all ci ...more
This is one of the most encouraging books I have read! The mayor's honesty and commitment to justice and equality as a public servant is not only refreshing, but it is inspiring. The Trump administration , Republican Congress and Senate are a shameful disgrace by comparison. Mitch Landrieu for president 2020! Ernest Farmer.e te
Awesome and courageous , a must read for K = 12History
Thank you mayor for your courage and actions
I am grateful Mr. Landrieu wrote this memoir/history/moral guide. First, it is important to peek into the diseased minds of those Americans who harbor hatred. At one point Landrieu recognizes a eucharistic minister in his church as the woman who screams vile epithets at him when he jogs in the park. He is surprised, but of course, he should not be. Priests and evangelical fundamentalists and their minions and benefactors have been spewing hatred and cloaking themselves in decayed piety for gener ...more
Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn’t have come at a better time.
This was an expansion on the thoughts and ideas that Landrieu gave in 2015 after the last of the city's four Confederate monuments were removed and a mini-biography as to how he came to his beliefs as well as the struggle to get the monuments removed from their prominent locations in the city in which he was Mayor, New Orleans. If you haven't read it, I really implore you to do so, it's easy to find on the web and is even included at the end of this book.
As a Southern Californian, raised in the ...more
This is a quick and easy read. Mitch Landrieu, second term mayor of New Orleans, centers his conversation on race around his childhood, the period he served in the state legislature with David Duke and his removal of four confederate statues from prominent places in New Orleans.
Landrieu begins with his childhood, where his father as mayor of New Orleans worked to integrate the city and he relates the name calling, hate mail and hate filled phone calls the family received as
a result. He then sp ...more