"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
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
It's hard for me not to have issues with Landrieu's book--spawned most likely out of the attention he received via The New York Times last spring after these statues were taken down. I know about New Orleans culture because I had spent a good many years living there--studying and then teaching and though there are truths here, it is all slanted to fit this polemic on the wrongs of the Civil War and its implication of pro-slavery. The Civil War is far too complex for such a simplification. Read S ...more
I wanted more from this book. I went in it expecting more definition on why these statues were constructed and to enter the mindset of people who support them. He presented answers for these questions, but very little.
I did appreciate his biography and how he became an 'integrationist,' especially in the south, gaining an understanding of who he is as a person and a civil servant. Much respect for that but I wanted a broader answer as to how we can heal the racist decisions and motives of those ...more
This is one of the most encouraging books I have read! The mayor's honesty and commitment to justice and equality as a public servant is not only refreshing, but it is inspiring. The Trump administration , Republican Congress and Senate are a shameful disgrace by comparison. Mitch Landrieu for president 2020! Ernest Farmer.e te
Awesome and courageous , a must read for K = 12History
Thank you mayor for your courage and actions
“I have often heard it said by elders that you can’t know how a man feels until you walk in his shoes. It has taken me the better part of forty years to find those shoes. This is what I have come to call transformative awareness. We are all capable of it; but we come kicking and screaming to a sudden shift in thinking about the past. To get there we have to acknowledge that we were inattentive, insensitive, myopic, or God forbid, hateful in our earlier view. This is one of the hardest things for ...more
The book's message was spot on. However, too much of it seemed like bragging on record and his setting up for a Presidential run in 2020.
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
I tend to be wary of reading the memoir of an active politician. Without exception, you have to recognize that there will be some self-serving observations in the mix. That said, this was an interesting read about a person who might step out to make an impact on the national stage. The writing is somewhat dry and the stories tend to double back on themselves as Landrieu tries to connect the dots for us. It is not an engrossing page-turner. It is a thoughtful deconstruction of the events, attitud ...more