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The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America
by April Ryan
2016 NAACP Image Award Nominee, Essence Top 10 books of 2015, African American Literary Show Inc. 2015 Best Non Fiction Award In The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan gives readers a compelling and personal behind-the-scenes look at race relations in contemporary America from the epicenter of American power and policy making the White House, her beat ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 15th 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published February 2nd 2015)
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April Ryan's longevity in covering the White House is special. The hope here is that her book is a clear-eyed account of what happened on her watch. The presidents she covered are living and will likely look forward to reading about themselves. May they get it in an objective manner, and may they learn something that helps better race relations and themselves as well. Wouldn't that be a great read?
I saw Ms Ryan on a news program speaking about her book. She seemed articulate, interesting and just plain nice. She piqued my interest in her book. Unfortunatley all of these attributes did not translate well to the written page. I found it to be very dry and more of a memoir of her time as a correspondent working in a non-inclusive white man's club. I was not looking for a juicy tell- all, which I can happily report it was not. I feel she was more enamored with the person of the presidency ...more
I was happy with the way the book was written. She seemed very unbiased about her reporting of how the last three presidents have handled the issue of race in America. I did find theclosing to be odd and controversial. I wonder if she is planning another book.