Writings on the Wall by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar audiobook

Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  and Raymond Obstfeld
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Hachette Original 9781618931719

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781478948612

  • ISBN: 9781478948582

Runtime: 8.57 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A Boston Globe Pick of the Best Books of 2016

A 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 nonfiction 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.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Is designed not only to be read and discussed but also to be used as a blueprint for action. It allows the reader to engage the mind of a deeply principled man, a progressive committed to equality for all, a man who possesses the faith that his country might actually one day live up to its mythology.” Washington Post
“[With] an endearing lack of cynicism…the book deploys easily grasped metaphors alongside current polling data and pop culture references. Each chapter ends with a numbered list of possible answers to the questions explored earlier. The prevailing tone is a plainspoken and principled defense of reason over emotion and education over ignorance.” Publishers Weekly
“Abdul-Jabbar tackles racism, sexism, economic inequality, and more in his latest work, which is inspired by his own experience…Each chapter closes with specific recommendations…Recommended for all readers seeking a clear, concise overview of many pressing issues facing the country today.” Library Journal
“[Abdul-Jabbar’s] concerns are deep, his arguments well-founded, and his solutions straightforward…on how racism, gender equality, and other social and cultural issues in America can be changed for the betterment of all.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Author Bio: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor and basketball coach and has authored six books for adults and three for children, including What Color Is My World?, which won the NAACP award for Best Children’s Book. In 2012, he was selected as a US cultural ambassador, and in 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service.

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Author Bio: Raymond Obstfeld

Author Bio: Raymond Obstfeld

Raymond Obstfeld is an associate professor of English at Orange Coast College and the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including studies of the Italian Renaissance, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Moby-Dick.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 8.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English