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‘American Poison’ by Eduardo Porter

March 18th, 2020

WHO: Eduardo Porter

How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise

WHEN: Published by Knopf March 17, 2020

WHERE: The author lives in Brooklyn.

WHY: “This is a work for our times
from a writer who has found his subject.

“Eduardo Porter packs an enormous amount of information in this powerful treatise on how America’s enduring race problem is inhibiting the nation’s social health.
“Rather than harp on the known history of racism’s origins, Porter looks hard at the twentieth century, especially the post-civil rights era, to consider how all the things done to eradicate, or even mitigate, racism have been woefully insufficient.
“With a scintillating rhythm and pointed language, he exposes all the ways in which racism has infected everything from unions to welfare to education and immigration policy. With whipsaw precision, he lays down historical evidence, academic studies, and political decisions to support his thesis, taking readers through a kaleidoscope of modern history which points to one irrefutable truth: racism is holding America back.
“The potency of Porter’s argument is bolstered by his impressive source list and straightforward prose.” —Colleen Mondor, BOOKLIST

“A fierce, incisive analysis of why we are a deeply divided nation.
“Porter brings his own experience as a longtime observer of American economy and society to this sobering study, showing how fear and resentment have been driving forces in politics.” —Janet Ingraham Dwyer, LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A bracing study.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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272 pages. $26.95 ISBN 978-0-451-49488-7

To interview the author, contact: Michiko Clark | 212-572-2568 |