9780679744726THE FIRE NEXT TIME
by James Baldwin

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At once a powerful evocation of Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature and as urgent today as when it was written.

“So eloquent in its passion and so scorching in its candor that it is bound to unsettle any reader.” —The Atlantic

“Anguished . . . stabbing. . . . A final plea and warning . . . to end the racial nightmare.”  —The Christian Science Monitor

“Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me

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