October 12, 2013

Randall Kennedy spoke about his book, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law , at Politics & Prose on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher v. University of Texas, For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice.

What precisely is affirmative action, and why is it fiercely championed by some and just as fiercely denounced by others? Does it signify a boon or a stigma? Or is it simply reverse discrimination? What are its benefits and costs to American society? What are the exact indicia determining who should or should not be accorded affirmative action? When should affirmative action end, if it must? Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School professor and author of such critically acclaimed and provocative books as Race, Crime, and the Law and the national best-seller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, gives us a concise, gimlet-eyed, and deeply personal conspectus of the policy, refusing to shy away from the myriad complexities of an issue that continues to bedevil American race relations.

With pellucid reasoning, Kennedy accounts for the slipperiness of the term “affirmative action” as it has been appropriated by ideologues of every stripe; delves into the complex and surprising legal history of the policy; coolly analyzes key arguments pro and con advanced by the left and right, including the so-called color-blind, race-neutral challenge; critiques the impact of Supreme Court decisions on higher education; and ponders the future of affirmative action.

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ISBN: 9780307949363
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Published: Vintage - June 9th, 2015

August 20, 2013

Jesse Walker spoke about his book, The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

What’s more American than a conspiracy theory? Walker, Reason book editor and the author of Rebels on the Air, examines the role of paranoia in American history. Finding it a kind of folklore, Walker identifies five recurrent motifs and explores what these plotlines say about the country’s basic beliefs and fears.

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ISBN: 9780062135568
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 14th, 2014

August 7, 2013

Dan Balz spoke about his book, Collision 2012, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, August 07, 2013.

Obama’s re-election was strikingly different from his 2008 victory. In this detailed review of the 2012 presidential race, Balz, Washington Post correspondent and Washington Week panelist, looks at both the Obama and Romney campaigns from primaries to battleground states and analyzes what the election means for the future of America’s democratic process.

You can watch a short preview of the Politics & Prose event below.

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ISBN: 9780143125686
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2014