Stakes Is High by Mychal Denzel Smith audiobook

Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream

By Mychal Denzel Smith
Read by Mychal Denzel Smith

Bold Type Books, Hachette Book Group 9781568588735

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549133770

  • ISBN: 9781549133756

  • ISBN: 9781549136436

Runtime: 3.52 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction

Brave, clear-eyed, and passionate, Stakes Is High is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future.

The 2016 election forced us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. We have been invested in a set of beliefs about our American identity: our exceptionalism, the inevitable rightness of our path, and the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. But in Stakes Is High, Mychal Denzel Smith confronts the shortcomings of these stories-and with the American Dream itself-and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize.

Smith exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, holding all of us, individually and as a nation, to account. We've gotten used to looking away, but the fissures and casual violence-of incarceration, poverty, misogyny, and racism-are ever-present.

But there is a future that is not as grim as our past. In this profound work, Smith helps us envision it, with care, honesty, and imagination.


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Infused with righteous indignation and astute observation, this is a must-read progressive polemic.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A particular strength of the audiobook is Smith’s conversational and empathetic narration, which will have listeners nodding and talking back in agreement. Don’t miss this. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Hold[s] up a mirror to America in the hope that a clear-eyed glimpse of its failings will assist in the never-ending struggle to bring about the righteous nation it has always aspired to be.” Booklist (starred review)
"[A] fine-honed argument…An urgent and provocative work that deserves the broadest possible audience.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A fresh, modern, thrilling call for humanity to come together as well as a brilliant investigation into what it means to be an American. Stakes Is High is required reading.” Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author
“With searing vision and unwavering clarity, Mychal Denzel Smith dismantles our most enduring myths and dangerous national illusions.” Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Mychal Denzel Smith

Author Bio: Mychal Denzel Smith

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 3.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English