Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
Marc Lamont Hill
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Named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
Nautilus Award Winner
“A worthy and necessary addition to the contemporary canon of civil rights literature.” —New York Times
In this “thought-provoking and important” (Library Journal) analysis of state-sanctioned violence, Marc Lamont Hill carefully considers a string of high-profile deaths in America—Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and others—and incidents of gross negligence by government, such as the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. He digs underneath these events to uncover patterns and policies of authority that allow some citizens become disempowered, disenfranchised, poor, uneducated, exploited, vulnerable, and disposable. To help us understand the plight of vulnerable communities, he examines the effects of unfettered capitalism, mass incarceration, and political power while urging us to consider a new world in which everyone has a chance to become somebody. Heralded as an essential text for our times, Marc Lamont Hill’s galvanizing work embodies the best traditions of scholarship, journalism, and storytelling to lift unheard voices and to address the necessary question, “how did we get here?"
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"Nobody" knows the trouble we've seen...
A provoking message that lays out the clear case for addressing the modern plight of the poor, oppressed and marginalized. This book becomes a living document that will enlighten many and re-ignite one's spirit to be moved from disgust and despair to organized action against systemic oppression. Marc Lamont Hill's research and premises in NOBODY have taken us from the sorrowful and painful lament of identified tragedies of our time to uplift and re-author the narrative of an overlooked (and invisible) people that will not be erased.
Very informative, excellent, well written, thoroughly researched piece of work by Dr. Hill. Highly recommend.
Great book! So happy I read this
Marc does a great job with connecting the "past" with the "present", showing the similarities in behaviors in our political system. I found myself highlighting more than usual and leaving bookmarks every few pages so that I could refer back to them. I could not wait til I got my hands on a copy of this book. I am more than pleased with what was written. Political writing at its best would be my only way to really sum it up. It Points a flashlight directly at the problem we are facing