In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu audiobook

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

By Mitch Landrieu
Read by Mitch Landrieu

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6.51 Hours Unabridged
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"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." --Walter Isaacson,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate. "There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state legislator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened. Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.

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A New York Times bestseller

A Time Magazine Pick of Best Memoirs of 2018 (So Far)

"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." --Walter Isaacson,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs

The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate.


"There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state legislator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Mitch Landrieu takes us on an extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal. With a balance of humility and conviction, he recounts his path to a more profound understanding of racial justice and explains how this journey led him to remove the Confederate monuments in New Orleans. It’s an important book for everyone in America to read, because it shows how intellectual honesty can lead to moral clarity. Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs  
[A] timely message of racial reconciliation. National Journal
A powerful, welcome manifesto in the cause of a new and better South—and a 'better America.' Kirkus Reviews
A powerful manifesto. Newsweek
The masterpiece we needed at the moment we needed it The New York Times
A remarkably compelling speech about race in America...stunningly eloquent CNN
Eloquence, power and humility Chicago Tribune
Courageous, controversial and frankly long overdue US News & World Report
Evocative POLITICO Magazine
[A] compelling reconsideration of what it means to be a Southerner in contemporary America. Esquire.com
Landrieu is an example of a politician who acknowledges that America’s past isn’t pretty, but he’s also working to shift a damaged culture that he feels has been ignored for too long. This is an inspiring tale that is both political and personal — urging readers to understand the country’s past and the work that is needed to change the present. Time
One of Time magazine's “Best Memoirs of 2018 Featured in Newsweek's "50 Coolest Books to Read This Summer
[Mitch Landrieu] has done something, in his speech and his book, that other politicians should emulate. He’s tried to reckon with America’s sins while offering an optimistic, big-hearted and deeply patriotic defense of cosmopolitanism as the source of American greatness. The New York Times
“Landrieu narrates with a steady and consistent cadence throughout the production. His raspy timbre and friendly tone invite listeners in as he comes to grapple with the history of the South, white supremacy, and decisions that resulted in threats to himself, his family, and friends…to uphold the virtues of one’s city, state, and country.” AudioFile
[A] thought-provoking piece of political writing...Uncomfortable as it might be to think of our country’s history...we have to do so, if we want to live within the truth. Landrieu has shown the way. The Washington Post
“An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal…An important book for everyone in America to read.” Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“This is an inspiring tale that is both political and personal—urging readers to understand the country’s past and the work that is needed to change the present.” Time
“Uncomfortable as it might be to think of our country’s history…we have to do so, if we want to live within the truth. Landrieu has shown the way.” Washington Post
“Offering an optimistic, bighearted, and deeply patriotic defense of cosmopolitanism as the source of American greatness.” New York Times
“Landreiu reflects on his Southern upbringing and how he took the history of the region for granted in a compelling reconsideration of what it means to be a Southerner in contemporary America.” Esquire
“A powerful, welcome manifesto in the cause of a new and better South—and a ‘better America.’" Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Mitch Landrieu

Author Bio: Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu is the mayor of New Orleans, elected in 2010 and serving his second four-year term. A Democrat, he served as lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010. He is also president of the US Conference of Mayors. He is the son of Moon Landrieu, who was mayor of New Orleans from 1970 to 1978 and a leading civil-rights pioneer

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English