"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
I'm not sure what I expected from this book but I have found it a bit disappointing. To put it simply, the book was divided into three parts- the author's childhood, his accomplishments as a political leader and then the story about the Confederate statues coming down. There was A LOT of trophy shining. Landrieu did more during his mayoral tenure than just taken down some monuments to racism, and I think this book serves to support that. New Orleans is probably lucky to have benefitted from his ...more
An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s...
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
There’s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and finally, to the removal of the four Confederate monuments from New Orleans in 2017.
I appreciated that Landrieu’s recollections felt clear-eyed, and he doesn’t mince words—he is vocal in his admonition of ...more
Enlightening. The good work Mr. Landrieu is doing is exceptional and I’m thankful for it. I have to agree with a friend’s take that it was difficult and maybe unnecessary to have so much information about David Duke. A few parts did feel like a political plug. After reading there is no doubt in my mind that confederate statues = racism... I think anyone else who reads it will feel the same.
Things I learned and understand better because of this book:
1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery.
I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen to any discussion about the Civil War being about slavery. I've always been so confused about that; now I know why.
2. The cult of the Lost Cause. This is an organization started by wealthy white southerners around the tur ...more
Mitch Landrieu’s *In the shadow of statues: A white southerner confronts history* is an interesting, in places even gripping, read.
Landrieu, who also credits the assistance of his speechwriter, is a very good writer. The book reads very smoothly (I finished it in a morning). It wrestles with southern politics of race through the lens of Landrieu’s (and Landrieu’s father’s) political career in Louisiana. Landrieu traces key moments in LA politics starting with his father’s role as Mayor of New O ...more
I discovered this on Obama’s 2018 summer reading list, and decided to read it because I was feeling nostalgic about when we had a President who read books. This book was largely autobiographical, but also included many interesting historical, social and political insights. It was a quick read, and gave me a shot of hope in these troubled times.