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Book Review: What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson


This was a worthwhile read, though I listened to the audiobook, which might have been a small mistake. I felt the author reading it himself didn't work so well. That being said, it was very informative and offered a historical context, which he connected to the modern day. I felt much more interested in the first portion of the book, which discussed the views and efforts of people like James Baldwin, Harry Belfonte, Langston Hughes and Robert Kennedy. These points were really fascinating, and I felt sad thinking of their work and knowing how much more still needs to change many decades later, and wondering how people fifty years from now will judge the present day. I was slightly less moved by the parts that discussed current entertainers and politicians, because I felt it offered little new. Overall, recommended!