LIBROS2: AL ON AMERICA. A groundbreaking, candid, and important outline for action--an inspiring vision of a new America from the seasoned and controversial grass-roots leader, and Presidential candidate. In this new millennium, in this new America, it's time for new leadership. It's time for a leader who understands that our greatest strength lies in our differences. That from Los Angeles to New York, from the Indian reservations to the ghettoes of St. Louis, from North Dakota to North Carolina, from the Hawaiian Islands to the Island of Vieques, from boys in the 'hood to the girls in the country clubs, this country's greatest resources are found in our people and their differences. In this grounbreaking, candid, and necessary book, the man New York magazine calls "The Untouchable" delivers his manifesto for change and puts forth a startling, often controversial, and wholly inspiring vision of a new America--one that is inclusive of all Americans, not just a chosen few. While serving time for his act of civil disobedience in Vieques, Sharpton stepped back and looked at America. Now, he's ready to empower America and get the country talking about things that matter to us all--from the economy to foregin policy, family values to the hip-hop movement, the war on drugs to the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Sure to ignite a firestorm of debate, Al on America is a bold new vision in a time when vision is needed more than ever. It is a stirring call to action delivered by a man who has faith in the future of America and the passion, knowledge, and foresight to take her there.
Al on America
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"I am running to take out the DLC, which I call the Democratic Leisure Class, because that's who it serves-the leisure class and the wealthy," professes the ubiquitous and controversial reverend. In keeping with this theme, Sharpton's 2004 presidential campaign platform is an uneven political manifesto that concentrates more on race relations than on the complexities of foreign policy. Unfocused sections on the Middle East and Cuba lapse into repetitive highlights of the effects of racism within many of our domestic institutions without seriously addressing the issues at hand. Egocentric stories about lunches with Castro and Arafat result in grandiose statements claiming that only Al Sharpton has the ability to bring the moral leadership and religious aptitude necessary to resolve world crises. Foreign policy aside, what Sharpton does offer (aided by newspaper columnist and Queen Latifah co-author Hunter) is a glimpse of the driving factors, inspirational voices and career highlights that have helped create the man once known as "Alfred Sharpton, boy preacher from Brooklyn." The latter half of Sharpton's book seems more inspired, offering insight into the lack of integrity in hip-hop, his admiration for mentor James Brown and his personal reflections about the infamous Tawana Brawley fiasco. On the Brawley case, Sharpton is unapologetic and goes so far as to claim: "to me there is still reasonable doubt in that case." Overall, despite a lack of focus, Sharpton proves he is one of America's most passionate and controversial thinkers: "I had to be me, regardless of what anyone else felt or thought about me. That's true power." (Oct.) Forecast: Sharpton has a large following in New York City, where this will do well.
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