Disintegration

Hardcover $24.95

Doubleday | Oct 05, 2010 | 272 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9780385526548

  • Paperback$15.95

    Anchor | Oct 04, 2011 | 272 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780767929967

  • Hardcover$24.95

    Doubleday | Oct 05, 2010 | 272 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9780385526548

  • Ebook$13.99

    Anchor | Oct 05, 2010 | 208 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9780385533706

Praise

“A deftly written account of the fragmentation of America’s black population.” —Time

“[A] sober, careful and engaging consideration of phenomena that began with the official end of segregation and has of late been accelerating. . . . Those familiar with [Robinson’s] style will find Disintegration the same blend of logical analysis and gentle humor that makes him sometimes appear to be the Most Reasonable Man in America.” —SF Gate
 
“[A] bold call to action . . . [Disintegration] makes clear that Robinson’s success, and the success of his fellow black fortunates, simply do not negate the problems of the other 30% of blacks who continue to struggle at the bottom.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“The text would be useful as a young person’s introduction to Race in America 101.” —The New Republic

“Readers don’t have to agree with Robinson’s observations to appreciate the undeniable differences within black America and to maybe want further analysis.” —Booklist
 
“In this clear-eyed and compassionate study, Robinson . . . marshals persuasive evidence that the African-American population has splintered into four distinct and increasingly disconnected entities. . . . Of particular interest is the discussion of how immigrants from Africa, the ‘best-educated group coming to live in the United States,’ are changing what being black means.” —Publishers Weekly

“In Disintegration, Eugene Robinson neatly explodes decades’ worth of lazy generalizations about race in America. At the same time, he raises new questions about community, invisibility, and the virtues and drawbacks of assimilation. An important book.” —Gwen Ifill

“Gene Robinson’s Disintegration is the first popular salvo in the Age of Obama regarding the delicate issues of class division, generation gap, and elite obsession in Black America. This painful conversation must continue–and we have Gene Robinson as a useful guide.” —Cornel West




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