The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America (Paperback)

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About the Author


Shelby Steele is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University, and is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. His many prizes and honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Emmy Award, a Writers Guild Award, and the National Humanities Medal.

Praise For…


“Steele has given eloquent voice to painful truths that are almost always left unspoken in the nation’s circumscribed public discourse on race.”
New York Times

“One of the best books on race in America to appear in the past twenty-five years . . . No one who reads it honestly and with an open mind will ever think about race in quite the same way again.”
Wall Street Journal

“Steele writes with a rare elegance and honesty . . . This is one of those rare books that force reexamination of basic assumptions.”
Boston Globe

“Brutally honest, remarkably brave, and timely . . . We cannot afford to ignore his conclusions.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A brilliant book. Shelby Steele’s brave, penetrating intelligence goes to the heart of the dilemma of race in America.”
Time

“Steele combines the literary sensibility of novelist Ralph Ellison with the analytic acuteness of American’s most profound black man, Frederick Douglass . . . Steele’s writings will last, to be read by generations as distant in time from him as he is from Douglass, whose worthy successor Steele is.”
George F. Will, Newsweek

“Elegant, personal pieces. Brilliant.”
New York magazine

“Well-written . . . Moving and persuasive.”
BusinessWeek
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060974152
ISBN-10: 006097415X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 23rd, 1998
Pages: 192
Language: English