Larry Zieminski's Reviews > The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

The Breakthrough by Gwen Ifill
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Aug 19, 2010

really liked it

Gwen Ifill's book is a very well written look at the current state of African-American politics. It highlights the current crop of black leaders and shows how they view themselves and their place in American politics. The most interesting aspect of the book is the apparent division between the civil rights era leaders and the current leaders, who view their roles differently. While Obama's election is a pivotal moment in race relations in America, the book doesn't really focus on him alone, but rather uses his election as a mirror for the other black leaders in the book. How do they view Obama? What does his election mean? What does that mean for their political future?

As a white male, I was very uninformed on this subject, but thankfully I can speak a little more confidently on the current generation of black leaders and what they stand for.

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