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Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight Of Michael Eric Dyson Hardcover – Apr 21 2009

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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: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,068,442 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
Great voice for American Society Sept. 21 2010
By A. Meyer - Published on
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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
great read Oct. 19 2010
By NL Barney - Published on
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Enjoyed this book immensely. It consists of selctions from the author's previous writings and is both informative and inspiring.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
Very Insightful and educational with important historical prospectives Dec 10 2011
By B. Reeves - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Singing One's Own Praises Dec 21 2013
By Lee DeGraw Jr. - Published on
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The title speaks volumes for this egotistical author. The man is so consumed with the topic of race, and yet he has led a privileged life that has lacked intersection with that of the poor, urban, African American on the street. My only regret was wasting the three hours I spent reading through this book that is a collection of thoughts borrowed from others.