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America in Black and White:
One Nation, Indivisible
(Touchstone 1999, Simon & Schuster 1997)

by Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom


Affirmative Action’s Unlikely Foes; One Academic Couple, One Critical Book and Plenty of Salvos
Steven A. Holmes | The New York Times

America In Black And White: One Nation, Indivisible; Review
Philip Klinkner | The Nation | 12-14-98

Histories of ideas
Quentin Skinner | The Economist | 6-13-98

Getting Beyond Racism
John Hood | Reason | 5-98

A New History of Race in America Provokes Intense Reactions
Carol M. Swain | The New Democrat | 1/2-98

The Conservative Line on Race
Glenn C. Loury | The Atlantic Monthly | 11-97

Fredrick D. Robinson | The Ethnic NewsWatch | 11-30-97

Race and the nation: The Wide-Angle View
Bill Maxwell | St. Petersburg Times | 11-23-97

The color of change; Two books take different approaches to examining America's oldest dilemma
Michael Meyers | The Boston Globe | 11-9-97

Racism Is (a) Entrenched? Or (b) Fading?; The Answer for Many Is (b) as Optimists Dispute Decades of Pessimism on Race Relations
Richard Bernstein | The New York Times | 11-8-97

Across the racial divide; 3 topical books try to open a dialogue on race
Susan S. Richardson  | Austin American-Statesman | 11-2-97

Controversial Book Reports Progress In Race Relations
by Richard Mcgowan | Daily Press | 10-26-97

A Question Of Racial Progress In America
Owen Mcnally | The Hartford Courant | 10-19-97

Black Community Must Rise Up Against Crime
Walter E. Williams | Anchorage Daily News | 10-13-97

America's Continuing Dilemma
by Richard D. Kahlenberg | The Washington Post | 10-12-97

Promised Land
Martin Duberman | Los Angeles Times | 10-12-97

Cockeyed Optimists
Dinesh D'Souza | The Weekly Standard | 10-6-97

Up From Gunnar Myrdal: America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible
Kenneth S. Lynn | The American Spectator | 10-97

The Facts And The Feelings
by Alan Wolfe | The New Republic | 9-29-97

The racist madness of Jim Crow
by Mona Charen | The Baltimore Sun | 9-24-97

A New Ground Zero In The Race Debate?
Paul Magnusson | Business Week | 9-22-97

America in Black and White: One Nation Indivisible; Review
Patrick H. Samway | America | 9-20-97

The State Of Race Relations; In Black And White
Linda Chavez | Chicago Tribune | 9-17-97

Remarkable progress on race has been made
Donald Lambro | Austin American-Statesman | 9-8-97

Throwing The Book At Race; A Benchmark New Work Turns The Accepted History Of Racial Progress In America Upside Down
Tamala M. Edwards | Time | 9-8-97

Affirmative Action and Reaction
by Nicholas Lemann | The New York Times | 9-7-97

America in black and white
by Thomas Sowell | Forbes | 8-11-97

America in Black and White: One Nation Indivisible; Review
Publishers Weekly | 7-7-97

Telling A Different Story Of Racism In America: New book an incredibly hopeful account
David Frum | The Financial Post | 7-5-97

Kirkus Reviews


America in Black and White.


America in Black and White is lucidly written, rigorously researched, and persuasively argued. On a topic that frequently divides and polarizes, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom have elevated and enriched the national conversation. America in Black and White looks honestly at the history of American racism while also looking to a more just, cohesive, and ultimate color-blind society. But it does more than that: the Thernstroms make a compelling case for color-blind public policies as the surest route to a society where all individuals are judged on the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.”
William J. Bennett

“…The benchmark study of America’s current anguish over the race question.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A benchmark new work turns the accepted history of racial progress in America upside down.”
Tamala M. Edwards, TIME magazine

“. . . their tough-minded book serves the cause of racial justice. It shows that the issue is not whether black exceptionalism should end.  The issue is when.”  
Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

“This is a work of excellent scholarship, and one that supports, with facts, what most people really believe.”
James Q. Wilson, Commentary

“…A richly factual, rigorously analytical, profoundly humane account of the changing status of black Americans and of black-white relations since the early 1940s.” 
Kenneth S. Lynn, The American Spectator

“…[America in Black and White] promises to become the standard reference book on contemporary race relations.”
Linda Chavez, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“What distinguishes America in Black and White is its comprehensiveness: this is the Summa, the Magnum Opus…”
Roger Lane, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[America in Black and White] is in a class by itself when it comes to telling and analyzing what has been happening in this country on the racial front over the past two generations.” 
Thomas Sowell, Forbes

“…[The Thernstroms] have written the definitive account of U.S. race relations in our time.”
David Frum, Financial Post

“…Deeply researched and powerfully argued. . . . America in Black and White is a notable edition to the lengthy shelf of books dealing with contemporary race relations. . . tightly argued, richly documented, provocative book – scholarship of the highest order.” 
James Patterson, The Wilson Quarterly

“Well-written and thoughtful, the book never stoops to the exageration and bombast that plague much of the current debate on race.”
Paul Magnusson, BusinessWeek

“[America in Black and White’s] discussion of race is far more level-headed and useful than anything the president or his recently appointed commission on race has said or is likely to say.” 
Walter E. Williams, Parkerburg News