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Cosby: His Life and Times Hardcover – Sep 16 2014

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Sept. 16 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145169797X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451697971
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A smart, revealing biography of an iconic American funnyman. . . . A fascinating look at a complicated genius.” (People)

“Whitaker’s wonderfully thorough biography of America’s most accom­plished comedian provides context and depth as he analyzes Bill Cosby’s work.” (New York Times Book Review)

Fluid, admiring, packed with detail and anecdotes.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Invaluable . . . Whitaker makes a convincing argument that issues of race and politics have preoccupied Cosby throughout his life.” (New Yorker)

“Whitaker’s clear-eyed, fair-minded and deftly written book takes up all the momentous stops of Cosby’s life’s journey . . . by allowing us to see Cosby’s tumultuous life in full, Whitaker’s book makes it possible to imagine Bill Cosby being regarded as one of the first prophets of what optimists of all colors believe will someday be a “post-racial America.” (USA TODAY)

“Absorbing . . . makes a persuasive case for Cosby as a groundbreaking comic and a quiet but far-ranging pioneer of black advancement.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Readable, thoughtful life of the brilliant comedian and . . . an eye-opening book and a pleasure to read.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Provides an in-depth look at the triumphs and tragedies of a man who has kept America laughing for decades.” (New York Daily News)

“This is a compelling look at a man who has had a major impact on American race relations and television and whose “Cosby effect” helped prime the nation for its first black president.” (Booklist (starred review))

“An insightful, well-researched exploration . . . a generous portrayal of a complicated yet ultimately compassionate man.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

About the Author

Mark Whitaker is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, My Long Trip Home, and Smoketown. The former managing editor of CNN Worldwide, he was previously the Washington bureau chief for NBC News and a reporter and editor at Newsweek, where he rose to become the first African-American leader of a national newsweekly.

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