Front and center in this memoir are BrownMark’s efforts to reconcile his resentment and gratitude toward the man who both sold him short and afforded him the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
American Radicals is as revealing, riveting, and well-researched as any work of history that I have read in recent years.
“Malcolm X and MLK evolved over time and came to converge in surprising ways. Malcolm’s movement for radical black dignity became a global human rights touchstone in a manner that made King’s struggle for radical black citizenship both necessary and more expansive.”
“Politics is driven by language, and America’s peculiar history has given oligarchs the language to undercut democracy.”
“The idea that slavery was not economically important to New England as a whole is just emphatically not true.”
When someone recommended to Steven Hassan he write a volume called The Cult of Trump, “it just seemed like the most important book I could write, frankly.”
“You can read Frederick Douglass forever and still just encounter new things, new ideas, new passages, new phrases. He’s that kind of writer. It’s like reading Emerson or even Shakespeare.”
Robert Forster was apparently spot-on when he proclaimed that The Go-Betweens “were too good for the bloody charts.”
I wanted to give my kids this gift of a book about them and for them.
“I’ve put out records by myself before, but this is like 10 times the work!”