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Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight Of Michael Eric Dyson [Hardcover]

Michael Eric Dyson

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Book Description

April 21 2009
Over the last 20 years, Michael Eric Dyson has become one of America’s most visible—and quotable—public intellectuals. Whether in his sixteen books, or in countless newspapers, television and radio appearances, or on stages, podiums, and pulpits across the world, Dyson has spun an enchanting web of words that has caught the attention of the masses and elites alike. He has weighed in on a myriad array of topics – from faith to fatherhood, and from race to sex, as well as sports, manhood, gender, music, leadership, politics, language, love, justice, literature, suffering, death, hope, relationships and much, much more.

Can You Hear Me Now?, offers a sampling of Dyson’s sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency. It is both revealing and relevant, and at once thoughtful provoking and uplifting. Whether he is writing about Jay-Z or Barack Obama, addressing racial catastrophes or opportunities, or speaking about religion or the felicities of King’s rhetoric, Dyson’s intellect shines with insight and inspiration.

Can You Hear Me Now? captures Dyson’s incredible facility with words, and his prodigious intelligence, at a time when he has gained greater fame as a public intellectual, university professor, best-selling author, and most recently, as one of the first prominent blacks to endorse President Barack Obama. The time is ripe for his wit, wisdom and worldview, and this book is Dyson’s most accessible compendium of thinking on a broad range of topics that haunt and shape the nation.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (April 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465018831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465018833
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,388,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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President Barack Obama
“Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison. He is an outstanding scholar and an outstanding author.”

Vanity Fair
“One of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today.”

Jay Z
“Michael Eric Dyson . . . is a world-class scholar and the most brilliant interpreter of hip hop culture we have.”

Steven Nadler, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin
“If any one person is continuing W. E. B. Du Bois’s idea of the engaged public intellectual on African-American issues, it’s Michael Eric Dyson.”

Naomi Wolff
“The ideal public intellectual for our time: translator, boundary-breaker, and healer of a war torn culture."

The Boston Phoenix
“The preeminent black intellectual.”

Lawrence Bobo, the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University
“Few have carried on the legacy of Du Bois’s public intellectualism as well, or with as much verve . . . as Professor Michael Eric Dyson.”

The Philadelphia Weekly
“Michael Eric Dyson is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.”

Washington Post
“Such is the genius of Dyson. He flows freely from the profound to the profane, from popular culture to classical literature.”

About the Author

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great voice for American Society Sept. 21 2010
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This is a great book. Michael Eric Dyson has extremely refined analytical skills that go beyond typical classifications to go to the heart of what justice is all about. "Justice does not depend on feeling to do the right thing. It depends on right action and sound thinking about the most helpful route to the best outcome." He is coming from a Christian point of view (which I am not) but there are parts of this book that would have value to a wide audience.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read Oct. 19 2010
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Enjoyed this book immensely. It consists of selctions from the author's previous writings and is both informative and inspiring.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I thought it would be.... Aug. 9 2011
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What's inside? Short messages from speeches Mr. Dyson has done? You can be enlighten by some of these messages but my fault I was expecting something different other than the highlight of his speeches. Good resource to use for quoting mainstream events.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful and educational with important historical prospectives Dec 10 2011
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This book pick apart the attitudes and character of what people think and feel about what is going on in American. It provides a historic account of the African American culture. Some may be offended how Dr. Dyson's accounts of the African American's viewpoints are regarding race. Dr. Dyson is a highly intelligent lecturer and writer who don't mind sharing his opinions in an eloquent manner. He has an effective fashion how he provides the factual background on arriving to his respective viewpoints. Even if you don't agree with some of Dr. Dyson's positions, it at the very least challenges you to take a second look or think about some of your own true feelings. He has really open my eyes on many areas like the Hip Hop culture. I have always tried to be objective and open-minded but never view hip hop in a positive manner. My views on hip-hop industry prior to reading his book considered the music to be more commercial with little meaning. His book is a step-by-step of Black History and delivered well deserving praise to those figures in Politics, Civil Rights and the Entertainment Industrial some of whom sacrifice greatly to open door for others and well as making this country better. Dr. Dyson is a dynamic in many ways and all of his books tends to bring enlightenment that makes you rethink your position on the subject at hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can you hear me now Oct. 15 2011
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I have known Bro. Dyson for many years and have always respected him and his works. He is an excellent lecturer and has full command of anything he speaks about. I recommend "Can You Hear Me Know" to all right thinking people.

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