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Travis's Reviews

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

Framed as a counternarrative to Dee Brown’s famous Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, David Treuer’s book sets out to dispel a common myth that indigenous civilization effectively ended in 1890, when more than 300 Lakota men, women, and children were massacred by the U.S. Army. Treuer engages with the transformation and ongoing rebirth of Native identity and culture. This is a deeply personal work that is equal parts history and memoir, and if you loved Tommy Orange’s There, There, it will be right up your alley. It may well be the most important book you read all year. - Travis

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594633157
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 22nd, 2019

The Second Founding by Eric Foner

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Eric Foner’s new book centers on the monumental legislation of the Reconstruction era, which he frames as the birth of modern America. This book comes at a time when American culture and society is a mirror image of its 19th-century counterpart, plagued by aggressive racism, constant violence, and the explicit shortcomings of our federal government. Foner hones in on timeless questions like “Who should be entitled to citizenship?” and “How should ‘equal protection of the law’ be defined and guaranteed?” to expertly link our very troubled past to our equally troubled present. - Travis

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

Music: A Subversive History by Ted Gioia

Music scholar extraordinaire Ted Gioia’s new book is a sweeping history of epic proportions. Ranging from the music of antiquity to the advent of modern streaming services, the book explores music’s dynamic relationship to culture, politics, and power. While the material is vast, Gioia’s sharp wit and astute observations make this a rewarding read. If music plays as important a role in your life as it does in mine, pick this one up. - Travis

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781541644366
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Published: Basic Books - October 15th, 2019

As Serious as Your Life by Val Wilmer

Wilmer captures the explosive new energies that defined jazz in the 60s and 70s! Examining the lives and careers of both unknown artists and household names, she paints a vivid picture of what life was like for these members of the jazz vanguard, while also exploring the connections between art, politics, and being black in America. This book is raw and candid! - Travis

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By Val Wilmer, Richard Williams (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781788160711
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Published: Serpent's Tail - June 12th, 2018

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Fanon’s masterwork on colonial struggle and racial difference has influenced countless anti-colonial revolutionaries and civil rights activists since the 1960s. Wretched examines the psychological framework by which colonial rule is legitimized and perpetuated, championing violent resistance as the only avenue to real change. Prescient, thought-provoking, and emotionally-gripping. - Travis

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By Frantz Fanon, Richard Philcox (Translator), Homi K. Bhabha (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802141323
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Published: Grove Press - March 1st, 2005

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