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Breaking Barriers: A Memoir

Rowan, Carl T.

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ISBN 10: 0316759775 / ISBN 13: 9780316759779
Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA, 1991
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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Title: Breaking Barriers: A Memoir

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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The award-winning journalist recounts how he rose from poverty to fame, and discusses his role as one of the first Black reporters for a major newspaper, his ambassadorship to Finland, and his position in the Johnson cabinet

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One of the country's first highly visible black reporters, syndicated columnist Rowan pulls no punches in this powerful, feisty, often moving autobiography. From a poverty-stricken Depression childhood in Tennessee, he rose to become an influential journalist, and this memoir interweaves vivid eyewitness accounts of Martin Luther King, the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, Little Rock protests and other signposts of the civil rights movement. Rowan, who became a State Department spokesman in the Kennedy administration, offers a skeptical insider's view of JFK's "imperial presidency" as well as a withering portrait of Lyndon Johnson, in whose administration he also served. He blasts Reagan's policies ("cruelty covered up by glib cliches") and lashes the Bush presidency for its lack of commitment to education, housing and eradication of poverty. He calls for black-Jewish unity, strongly opposes legalization of drugs, and critiques Jesse Jackson and Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry. He also urges blacks to "deal with the problems of today." Photos.
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