"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
It was interesting to listen to the behind the scenes story about the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans. Landrieu makes a compelling argument for their removal. The statues are both symbols of oppression and are actually distortions of history anyway. All that said, the book was a little bit too self-congratulatory for me. I have to wonder if Landrieu wrote this book with an eye to the 2020 Democratic primary. Also, taking down statues is much easier than substantively addressing 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
A must read
This book has arrived at an important period in US American history. Instead of "Making American Great Again," Americans must make our country represents our constitution that all humans are equal and deserve respect. Mr. Landrieu demonstrated a life of courage. Thank you.
People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an historical account of race relations in the Deep South and the rest of the U.S.
This is a book review of the content of Mayor Landrieu's message and the manner of his delivery. I love the fact that Landrieu chose to d ...more
Mitch Landrieu is the Mayor of New Orleans and a potential 2020 Democratic Presidental candidate. I primarily picked up the book because of my interest in the Civil War statues in New Orleans. This is an issue that I actually lean to the right on because I am not a fan of removing history. I wanted to read the opinion of someone with an opposing viewpoint. What I ended up with was a fascinating tale of politics in one of America's more culturally rich cities. The devastation that was Katrina and ...more
I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History", is a good look at three major issues that he has handled in his time in the two major offices he has held in Louisiana.
Landrieu writes about his family - ...more
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
Mitch Landrieu, longtime resident and current mayor of New Orleans, writes about his family history, the devastation of Katrina and how he came to the decision to remove four Confederate monuments from the city he obviously loves. While I agree with several of the other reviews that it is clear Mr. Landrieu has further political aspirations, I enjoyed the book. Well written and thought provoking.