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Journalist Joy-Ann Reid charts the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and the Clintons, showing how Democrats have been caught in a whirl of shifting allegiances to each - and how this ever-changing strategic balance is shaping the party's future.
The epic battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party's nomination in 2008 profoundly split the party faithful. The fight was brutal and ugly, sparking a media feeding frenzy.
When it was over, Hillary supporters backed Obama, who as president appointed Hillary to the highest position in his cabinet: secretary of state, a role she embraced to wide acclaim. Four years later, former President Bill Clinton appeared on the campaign trail and at the Democratic convention, giving Obama the most powerful and effective endorsement of the re-election. Now, more than two years before the next national election, with speculation about a second Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy running rampant, the questions have already begun: Will Obama people endorse a Clinton campaign? What role will the sitting president play - and will his support even be welcome?
Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, illuminating one of the most intriguing political relationships in modern history and its importance for the future of America itself.
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Barack Obama's speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial unity. Yet, in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided—as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore.
With President Obama's election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players—and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House.
Fracture traces the party's makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton's campaign represent an embrace of Obama's legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton's stand on race both similar to and different from Obama's, or from her husband's? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her—and what will happen if they don't?
Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, to illuminate three of the most important figures in modern political history, and how race can affect the crucial 2016 election and the future of America itself.About the Author:
Joy-Ann Reid has worked in the media for nearly two decades. She is an MSNBC correspondent appearing regularly on Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. She is managing editor of TheGrio.com and has written columns for the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Salon.com, and the South Florida Times. She was also involved in both the 2004 and 2008 national political campaigns. She lives in New York City.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1483004589
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