In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

"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 passio "An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America ...

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Title:In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History
Author:Mitch Landrieu
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525559442
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:227 pages pages

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History Reviews

  • Maria
    Jun 11, 2018
    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...
  • Bookworm
    May 09, 2018
    In the ongoing news cycle about removing statues that commemorate Confederate Civil War figures, we get a memoir from Mitch Landrieu, the now former mayor of New Orleans to how he got to this point and his role in getting them removed. We begin and end the book with book ends about the...
  • Jenn Warner
    Jul 29, 2018
    At times this read like a campaign speech, but I still enjoyed it. I liked the stories about rebuilding after Katrina and the process for taking down the monuments. ...
  • Chris
    Apr 09, 2018
    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...
  • Jane
    May 04, 2018
    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...
  • Scott Martin
    May 29, 2018
    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...
  • Cateline
    Aug 12, 2018
    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...
  • Chinook
    May 29, 2018
    While that contained a lot more history of Mitch Landrieu and his career than I expected, it was informative and perhaps the last few chapters about taking down the statues wouldn?t have been so moving if there hadn?t been some background set. I will never understand the Americ...
  • Maggie Boyd
    Apr 13, 2018
    This is a quick and easy read. Mitch Landrieu, second term mayor of New Orleans, centers his conversation on race around his childhood, the period he served in the state legislature with David Duke and his removal of four confederate statues from prominent places in New Orleans. La...
  • Linda
    Aug 08, 2018
    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...
  • Russell
    Aug 14, 2018
    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...
  • Christian
    Apr 19, 2018
    What an inspiring book written in a very conversational, even avuncular tone!The first third of the book is Mr. Landrieu recollecting his upbringing that emphasized value for all people, the middle section details his challenges in contributing to deal with Hurricane Katrina and rebuil...
  • Sean Chick
    Apr 29, 2018
    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    Mar 15, 2018
    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 aft...
  • Lit Folio
    Mar 24, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jill Meyer
    Mar 20, 2018
    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...
  • Shavon
    Mar 29, 2018
    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...
  • Chris
    Jul 16, 2018
    This is a wonderful book. It helped me think about growing up in Louisiana very differently. ...
  • Jeri Rowe
    May 30, 2018
    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....
  • Beau
    Jun 20, 2018
    Mitch Landrieu?s *In the shadow of statues: A white southerner confronts history* is an interesting, in places even gripping, read. Landrieu, who also credits the assistance of his speechwriter, is a very good writer. The book reads very smoothly (I finished it in a morning). It ...
  • Marjorie
    May 28, 2018
    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...
  • Jen
    Jul 27, 2018
    3.5 stars... A bit meandering read of the history of Landrieu and of New Orleans. The parts of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and the vitriol that he was exposed to in his efforts to take down the Confederate statues was interesting. President Obama had this one as a suggested read...
  • Jason Park
    Mar 07, 2018
    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...
  • Susan Iannaccone
    Apr 10, 2018
    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    Apr 21, 2018
    ?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 sc...
  • Shevon Quijano
    Jul 12, 2018
    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...
  • Dennis Cooper
    Jul 01, 2018
    I discovered this on Obama?s 2018 summer reading list, and decided to read it because I was feeling nostalgic about when we had a President who read books. This book was largely autobiographical, but also included many interesting historical, social and political insights. It was a q...
  • Ernest Farmer
    Mar 25, 2018
    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 Land...
  • John Hammontree
    Apr 15, 2018
    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...
  • kanmaniruk1
    May 07, 2018
    good one ...