Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country


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Basic Books
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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Winner of the Bradley Prize and a National Humanities Medal and the author of the National Book Critics Circle award-winning The Content of Our Character, Steele lives in the Central Coast of California.


New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

Wall Street Journal
"Shelby Steele is one of the very few writers able to tell home truths about the plight of black Americans.... In Shame, an essay on the political polarization of our country and on the want of progress among black Americans, he has produced his most complex and challenging work.... The irony here is that Shelby Steele might just be a Tom of a different kind--a black Tom Paine, whose 21st-century common sense could go a long way to bringing his people out of their by now historical doldrums."

New York Times Book Review
"A spirited polemic...Steele delivers this message in an ardent, readable style...Steele...speaks with passion, eloquence and unremitting honesty."

Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This timely critique warrants attention from anyone troubled by the persistence of racial discord in American life, from Selma to Ferguson."

"A conservative analysis of political polarization and race relations in America, more thoughtful and less vitriolic than most volleys from either side."

Claremont Review of Books
"Steele may well have given us his most important book yet."