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American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama by Seth A. Forman

American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama

by Seth A. Forman

328 pages
The Obama presidency has divided the country along racial lines.

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About the Book
This powerful polemic challenges the received wisdom of the pundits and the professors, many of whom promised a “post racial” era if Obama became president. American Obsession argues instead that with Obama’s presidency the vast political differences between blacks and whites in America have emerged as an explosive issue. Obama embodies the ambivalence that many blacks feel toward the “American creed” of individualism, free markets, and American “exceptionalism.” Whites were content to cede the politics of racial grievance to blacks so long as the changes it required (e.g. affirmative action, multicultural school curricula) took place on the margins. But Obama’s aggressive agenda to change the vital structure of American life to reflect the more collectivist, less individualistic creed of the far left does not sit well with the broad white middle class. Blacks have interpreted the drop in white support for Obama as cruel racial obstructionism and have rallied around the first black president. Polls already reflect these trends, and deep racial resentment is emerging.

From David Gelernter, Contributing Editor, Weekly Standard, Professor, Yale University:

“Forman's is an explosive, enormously important book. He investigates a proposition that should be on every thoughtful American’s mind: that Obama’s is an “affirmative action presidency”; that his “race made his election possible.” But Forman is one of the very few analysts anywhere with the courage and honesty to address it. Now Americans need the courage and honesty to respond: to read Forman's sophisticated, fair-minded analysis and either accept his thesis or explain why it's wrong. This is one of the small handful of truly important books about the Obama phenomenon.”

From Vice-Chair, U.S. Civil Rights Commission and Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute Abigail Thernstrom:

"A terrific, comprehensive telling of Obama's rise to power. I can't think of anyone who has put all the material available in the public domain together as well as Forman. Of course, it's not just a review. Forman makes a fresh argument about Obama's impact on the racial fabric of our wonderfully decent society. The organization and analysis of both well-known and original data strengthens the book immensely. And the book is a pleasure to read: lucid, fluid - a Strunk and White model, too rare among academics today."

From bestselling author and Kings College president Dinesh D’Souza:

“Seth Forman has written a timely, well-researched, and important book. It situates America’s first black president against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, showing historical connections, drawing relevant parallels, and finally offering a considered critique of Obama’s ideology. I highly recommend this book.”

From Irving Louis Horowitz, Hannah Arendt distinguished university professor emeritus of sociology and political science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey:

“A full manuscript opinion piece — brilliantly prepared by a forthright political scientist.”

 

Reviews
Four Stars! A second revolution of sorts occurred in the 1950’s and 60’s when the Civil Rights movement was instrumental in ending segregation and the Jim Crow oppression of Blacks in the South. It was so successful that, by 2008, Americans elected their first Black President. Even so, the Black population in America has been outpaced by every other minority and suffers from a pathology that has destroyed its family structure and rendered much of its youth ignorant and unskilled with a large portion of its men incarcerated. Dr. Seth A. Forman, a social scientist who teaches government and public policy at Stony Brook University, has just had American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama published ($17.95, Booklocker.com, softcover). I heartily recommend it for the manner in which the author links facts, history, and sociology together to render a portrait of what the Black community is doing to itself, how it is influencing the politics and social policies of our times, and how Whites, who made great strides in erasing the ills of the past, are reacting at both the local and national level. Its examination of President Obama’s racial identification and adoption of black liberation theology and politics is masterful. Those interested in politics will enjoy his examination of the 2008 election. In many ways this is a courageous book for the truths it addresses that hinder Black assimilation into the larger society and its values. It comes as America’s first Black President begins a campaign to be reelected. His polling numbers are all plummeting. The 2012 election is likely to be a massive rejection of Obama and the Democratic Party.
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About the Author
Seth Forman is author of Blacks in the Jewish Mind: A Crisis of Liberalism (NYU Press) and The Fire Island National Seashore: A History (SUNY Press), among other books. He is currently Research Associate Professor at Stony Brook University and lives on Long Island with his wife and three children.

 

 

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