The Breakthrough

The Breakthrough

Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Book - 2009
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Veteran journalist Ifill sheds new light on the impact of Barack Obama's presidential victory and introduces the emerging African American politicians forging a new path to political power. Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s. She offers detailed profiles of such prominent leaders as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama, as well as numerous up-and-coming figures. Drawing on exclusive interviews with power brokers such as President Obama, Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, his son Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and many others, as well as her own observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict, the race/gender clash, and the "black enough" conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in history.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767928908
9780385525015
038552501X
Branch Call Number: 973.932 I23b 2009
Characteristics: viii, 277 p. ; 25 cm

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Nov 16, 2016

I have not read this book, but was saddened nonetheless to learn of Gwen Ifill's recent passing, much too young at age 61. I admired Ms. Ifill as a reporter, she had a calm, even-handed style with a touch of humor. The public tributes pouring in from her colleagues have been heartfelt (a few touchingly emotional), which speaks to Ifill's character as well as her professionalism; she seemed by all accounts not just a fine, trailblazing journalist but a terrific person to know.
Rest in peace.

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floy
Jul 04, 2011

I am something of a political junkie so I was pleased that this book gave me new information.
Gwen Ifill writes clearly and comprehensively about current and up & coming African American leaders. She explains the consequences of the generation gap between the new younger leaders (including Obama) and the venerable elders of the civil rights movement.
Written after Barack Obama was elected President, her analysis is timely and well done. I wished the book had included photos but aside from that, her chapters about new African American politicians was very educational; now I know whom to watch as they progress from their individual states the national stage.
In the meantime, long may Obama reign!

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