Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
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Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It

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Half a century after brave Americans took to the streets to raise the bar of opportunity for all races, Juan Williams writes that too many black Americans are in crisis—caught in a twisted hip-hop culture, dropping out of school, ending up in jail, having babies when they are not ready to be parents, and falling to the bottom in twenty-first-century global economic competi...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Crown
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Hugh Henry
Imagine one aging man who gives one single speech with such power that he prompts another man to write a book. Bill Cosby gave a stirring, scathing, passionate speech on the fiftieth anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education case and Juan Williams wrote Enough. Cosby asked, "What good is Brown vs. Board if nobody wants it?" and decried the decline of the black family in America over the last fifty years. Cosby was born at a time when around 80% of black children had married parents. Today...more
Mike
I have to confess, I love Juan Williams. Well, except for the times I can’t stand him. I think the ratio is about 1 to 5. Juan and I do not share the same political frame of mind. But regardless of our political differences, I admire him immensely as an honest and honorable player in the media arena. (If you are a FoxNews hater, you will have little idea about him since that is where you have to go to see him). Juan wrote Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That...more
Ed
Jun 18, 2007 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone contemplating the question-why blacks in America continue to do poorly?
Blacks in America fail to recognize that the face of the emeny is us !! Time to stop looking to be saved, save ourselves.
Hannah
I'm very glad that Juan Williams visited my campus and handed out these books to us students. I took forever to actually pick it up, but I am glad I did. I've always wondered about the opinions of black political and social leaders about the portrayal of black people in the media and how it has effected their culture. As a young white adult, I am concerned with the lack of family and moral values that seem to be demonstrated in black culture. However, I was skeptical of my own thoughts. This boo...more
Tasha
Eh. I wholly agreed with Williams' argument before I even cracked open the book, so I wasn't really changed or inspired by the time I reached the end. I would, however, recommend this book to people who disagreed with the controversial remarks Bill Cosby made at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Brown v. Board of Ed. If you have any doubts about the value of Cosby's crusade, read Enough and perhaps you'll be convinced. Warning: Williams is a much better NPR correspondant than author. He's par...more
Krisit
The points in this book are applicable to everyone. It focuses on the situation of the African Americans, but similar conclusions can be drawn about anyone in terms of what people have sacrificed for us and how we've thanked their legacy. Women marched to get voting rights proving that they were smart enough and capable, for women now to just play dumb and think it's cute. Or how most of us blame our bosses, or spouses, or professors, or someone else on why we're not happy or succeeding. So stic...more
Aron
A very accessible and sobering look at African-American poverty by Juan Williams that takes the form of a call to arms in support of Bill Cosby and his education/strong family/personal responsibility argument.
Emiliano Orencia
Critique by someone who understands "black America" and provides pointed facts and statistics to support his contentions. Juan Williams does not appear to be one of these intellectuals in an ivory tower looking down upon the subjects he is focused on.
Matthew
A sometimes uncomfortable screed against the ills plaguing low income, black America.
Richard
There are many laudatory reviews of Enough here on Goodreads. Appropriately so, I believe. I concur with the preponderance of opinion that Enough has an important message and is well-written. Mr. Williams at times writes quite passionately about his subject, and with good reason.

There are several places in the book where Mr. Williams and I part company, but none of them are central to his message. One example of this is his contention that the Constitution supported slavery, using the 3/5ths of...more
Frederick Glaysher
Juan Williams, Enough. MCRI[return]September 15th, 2006[return][return]Juan Williams, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure that are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do About It. Crown, New York. 2006.[return][return]The major shortcoming of Juan Williams book is that he doesn’t go far enough. But more of that later. It should first be said that he goes very far indeed, saying much that has needed to be said for years, if not decades. No mean achievement....more
Stephanie "Jedigal"
Interesting and very fast read. Williams' style is both conversational and well-organized. I purchased b/c I like the author as an NPR correspondent, and am interested in race issues. Although I'm white, I live in St. Louis, and am directly impacted by race issues in my community.

Author uses Bill Cosby's controversial speech in 2004 at the 50th anniversary celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, which made school segregation ("separate but equal") illegal. He examines Cosby's main points, a...more
Tim
Nov 27, 2008 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tim by: Peter Smick
Juan Williams' Enough is a riff on Bill Cosby's speech at the celebration of the golden annivesary of the Brown vs Board of Education decision in which Cosby took civil rights leaders and many African Americans to task for not taking advantage of all of the hard work that was done to achieve the rights that all Americans now enjoy. Williams expands Cosby's thesis and write about black leadership (mired in victim mentality), hip-hop culture, materialism, educational reforms that do not work, welf...more
Alan
Though Juan Williams repeats himself, he makes a very clear point: Bill Cosby was correct and courageous in calling out the black community leaders for their failure to speak and act against the current state of black culture in America, notably the high value given to hip hop artists and sports stars and the low value for education, marriage, and family responsibility. Williams notes that most current black American leaders are still fighting for civil rights although progress requires more foc...more
Michel
I was reading this for Black History Month. It is unfortunately not history, and by no means changing for the better. As Paul Kennedy was saying, more Blacks are in jail in America than was necessary to maintain apartheid in South Africa. The schools are spectacularly failing Black children (the euphemistically called "achievement gap"), so how does the future look? And the Black leadership (which supported Clinton against Obama until April 2008, because he was to educated to be "really" Black)...more
Adriene
Bill Cosby is without a doubt one of the greatest men of our time. His lessons and passion about Black America go without saying. It is also his sincerity in promoting the message about the plague of disinterest in our youth that ultimately reverses all the work done by their ancestors. Juan Williams takes that message that Cosby delivered during the dinner at the college, in the presence of the NAACP, and he extends upon the urgency. This book will take you through a roller coaster of emotions....more
Jwjohnsen
I read this after hearing an interview with Juan Williams about the book on NPR. It really got me thinking, but as a member of the non-black community I could only really just shake my head at the end and think, man, I hope someday this gets fixed.. It makes me wonder, however, if there are ways that we as whites work to perpetuate false ideas of who we are based on what we read, watch, and listen to. Is our media merely a reflection of our reality, or is it (more likely) an element that shapes...more
Lisa
Feb 23, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone.
Shelves: nonfiction
While this book is mainly directly to African Americans, everyone can learn a lesson from this. Mainly, get an education and get a job before getting married. Don't get married until you are 21, and do get married before having kids. Then, once you have kids, give them your love and attention. Statistics show that following that advice will severely cut your chances of living in poverty.
This book is easy to read and full of good advice on how to live your life. I've listened to Juan Williams on...more
Leslie
All Bill Cosby ever said was that education, hard work, refusing to objectify women, and not engaging in crime or supporting criminals were the foundation to a happy, healthy, successful life -- that was all. Sounds like common sense to me (and NO, I am NOT white or Republican, not even close). It was nothing that countless civil rights leaders (the TRUE ones) had not said before. How he could be so maligned for speaking the truth is sad, bizarre, and absurd, and speaks volumes of our society. M...more
Marion
This book isn't simply another huge tome bemoaning the state of black people in America and pointing fingers at everyone that could possibly be to blame, it's really a rallying cry for all Americans to better themselves, and for the affluent black community to start sending a message that there is hope, that they can look to their community for support, and that hard work and good education still counts for something. I got so excited about this book when I first read it, and I really need to go...more
Ron Cole
I heard about this book when a friend posted a negative article about President Obama by Ron Kessler in Newsmax.com. I think it is an interesting book based on Bill Cosby's speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. I'd like to talk to some of my friends about the book but am a little hesitant, not because of the quality of the writing but of my comfort level discussing a subject I have some experience in but not as much as the people of color I'd like to talk wit...more
John
Dec 16, 2012 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
In my long search for answers to the causes of crime, poverty, and a negative culture within inner cities, I have found the simple and succinct answer. I grow tired of all of the excuses and disparities which can never be provided solutions. Instead of reforming the negative culture, people often excuse its failure by blaming the so-called system, the wealthy, those who succeed, and politicians. Juan Williams is a very honest analyst and I always enjoy his insight.
Jenny
I decided to hold my nose and read a book written by someone who works for Fox News. Fortunately, the author has other credentials which mitigate Fox News! The book has a conservative flavor, isn't perfect, and probably should have been written by Bill Cosby, but it is provacative and offers a valid viewpoint to the debate on the state of contemporary black culture.
Cindy
This book makes you think about racism and why so many black Americans are stuck in poverty. I was amazed at how Juan Williams pointed out how the government system has failed the in the war on poverty. I would recommend this book to those working with the poor so that maybe they would know how to help them make better lives for themselves.
Andrea
A superb look at what creates and perpetuates poverty. Although written about Black America these are principles and patterns that appply to all people. Several sections should be required high school reading--they would be great discussion starters concerning education, work, marriage, personal responsibility and the true nature of leadership.
Joe
Engaging, eye-opening look at what's happening to young African Americans in this country, and how the traditional civil rights institutions are actually hurting their own cause. Williams is the most level-headed, rational liberal I've ever read. The emperor has no clothes, and Williams does a great job explaining it.
Nancy Harris
I am not black, but this book was GREAT, and I recommend it to everyone. He makes perfect sense and more good points than I can mention...for all of us. I recently read his other book regarding fair debates in this country, and I should have read this one first. LOVE THIS BOOK!
Raghie
Great read. I loved the way he used common sense to prove his point so much that I found myself underlining passages and sharing with friends. Juan does a great job of asking the question, "where are our black leaders?"

I recommend this book not just to adults but also our youth.
David
Highly recommended. An honest and frank appraisal of the civil rights issues and the continued problems facing America--black, white, hispanic, whatever--because of red herrings phony leaders, and "learned helplessness."
Jeremy
A bit over-exampled, but Juan Williams takes up the Bill Cosby mantle to try to change the culture of failure he finds so pervasive in black society. I was uncomfortable with how much I agreed with his perspective.
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