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The presidency in black and white : my up-close view of three presidents and race in America

by Ryan, April, 1967-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection E176.472.A34 R93 2015
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection E176.472.A34 R93 2015
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CLP - Hill District Non-Fiction Collection E176.472.A34 R93 2015
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CLP - Homewood African American E176.472.A34 R93 2015
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E176.472.A34 R93 2015
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 305.8 RYAN
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Summary
2016 NAACP Image Award Nominee, Essence Top 10 books of 2015, African American Literary Show Inc. 2015 Best Non Fiction Award In The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan gives readers a compelling and personal behind-the-scenes look at race relations in contemporary America from the epicenter of American power and policy making--the White House, her beat since 1997. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her "Fabric of America" news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a "unique urban and minority perspective in news." Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unique insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation's last three presidents. In Bill Clinton, Ryan saw both a savvy politician who did his best to stay above the racial fray in public, and a man privately pained from the wrongs done to African-Americans throughout our history, not unlike those with whom he'd grown up in Arkansas. In George W. Bush, a man she respected as a faithful husband and father, an unprecedented amount of backlash against what was spun and perceived as racism in his policies - particularly those surrounding his administration's horrendous handling of Hurricane Katrina - from which he never truly recovered, and by which he remained personally haunted for years. And in Barack Obama - a President expected to transcend divisions and raise us above our racial squabbling simply by taking office - a leader who, especially early in his administration, drew his own form of fire from those who noted his surprising absence from various racial issues that presented themselves on the national stage, but upon which he did not seem moved to comment, much less act. With humor, grace, and determination, April shares the highs and lows of her sometimes lonely but rewarding battle to keep questions of race relations in America on the political front burner, and in the President's ear. She has made this battle her life's work and will never stop fighting to give a voice to those members of our society who have too long been silenced.
Contents
Establishing a racial baseline
Covering the White House
Specialty media
Presidents and race
President Clinton
President Bush
President Obama
The presidential "race" report cards.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "From her unique vantage point as the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), Ryan has had the distinct privilege and immense pleasure of witnessing history in the making through three presidential administrations. As an African American woman in a field dominated by white males, however, Ryan has brought a perspective to her coverage that both stems from her personal background and reflects the wider concerns of her urban radio audience. From her days as a rookie reporter in the Clinton White House to her tenure as a veteran journalist during the Obama administration, Ryan analyzes each president's time in office in terms of his commitment to and success in addressing issues that bridge the country's racial divide. Transcripts of press conference Q&As and exclusive interviews provide crucial insight into how each president fared on issues of domestic initiatives, administration diversity, and acknowledgement of racial inequities throughout the country's history. Forthright and formidable, open and appreciative, Ryan delivers a no-holds-barred evaluation of the country's chief executives on matters of race and equality.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks for 17 years, April Ryan has enjoyed a front-row seat (often literally) during some of recent American history's most tumultuous moments. That background isn't exploited nearly enough, however, in this loosely organized account of the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Ryan states often that she strived to bring minority-focused issues to prominence during her career, so it's surprising how rarely she depicts herself asking hard questions when given the chance. Describing her experience traveling with Mr. and Mrs. Bush to view a post-Katrina New Orleans, for example, she prefers to focus on the president's demeanor rather than his behavior, regretting that "this president's heart never came through during his two terms." Controversial topics, like the 2000 election, are referenced only briefly, while more trivial subjects, such as the incident in which two socialites crashed a White House party during the Obama administration, receive multiple pages. Ryan shows the most insight into Clinton, with whom she had more one-on-one interviews than any other reporter ever has (he even granted her an interview specifically for the book). Readers will come away with a new perspective on the 42nd President, but may wish that Ryan could have applied equal attention to numbers 43 and 44. Agent: Diane Nine, Nine Speakers Inc. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Clinton, Bill, -- 1946- -- Relations with African Americans.
Bush, George W. -- (George Walker), -- 1946- -- Relations with African Americans.
Obama, Barack -- Relations with African Americans.
Ryan, April, -- 1967-
Presidents -- United States -- Racial attitudes.
Presidents -- Press coverage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Presidents -- Press coverage -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
African American women journalists -- Biography.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
United States -- Race relations -- Press coverage.
Publisher Lanham :2015
Contributors Cummings, Elijah, writer of added commentary.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xiv, 154 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781442238411
1442238410
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