Writings on the Wall

Writings on the Wall

Searching for A New Equality Beyond Black and White

Book - 2016
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A New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller

Bestselling author, basketball legend and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the heart of issues that affect Americans today.

Since retiring from professional basketball as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, six-time MVP, and Hall of Fame inductee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society, a New York Times bestselling author, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, TIME magazine and TIME.com.

He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, his most incisive and important work of non-fiction in years. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts and authentic experience in essays on the country's seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide - both racial and political, parenthood, and his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, and a Muslim. The book is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off.

Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar's topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in the The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar "has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice."
Publisher: New York, NY : Liberty Street, an imprint of Time Inc. Books, c2016
ISBN: 9781618931719
1618931717
Branch Call Number: 305.8 Abdu
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Obstfeld, Raymond 1952-

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ellensix Oct 18, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a true renaissance man. Coming on the heels of his novel Mycroft Holmes, Writings on the Wall is relevant to nearly every social issue the US is struggling with in 2016: gender, race, religion, political party, and social status. Abdul-Jabbar makes an eloquent case for "political correctness." Spoiler alert: All human beings are created equal and deserve equal opportunities.

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ellensix Oct 18, 2016

We have to begin fixing the system by rejecting the notion that our political candidates are saviors. It's not the fault of typical politicians that the more they make insulting, vague and factually incorrect claims, the higher they poll. The fault is in our starry-eyed worship of style over substance, of entertaining personality over enlightened policy. (p. 27)

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