Reviews

  • Begin Again is an essayistic marvel, circling and folding back on itself as Baldwin's musings in the past and Glaude's analysis of the present give meaning to each other . . . a scholarly, deeply personal, and yet immensely readable meditation, a masterful reckoning with the "latest betrayal" of the American ideal

    Sara Collins, Guardian
  • Timely, powerful . . . Glaude invites us with him to "read Baldwin to the end" and reveals a writer, not spent, but rather illuminating the path beyond despair - the work of a saint if ever there was such a thing . . . Glaude argues . . . the true measure of Baldwin's greatness: an enduring testament to his love and the belief that the US can and must be something more than it is

    Ashish Ghadiali, Observer
  • Incredibly moving and stirring. Begin Again contextualises this moment of heartbreak at racism's clutch at the throat of the world . . . It underlines just how relevant and crucial Baldwin's work has always been and always will be

    Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People
  • James Baldwin's stature as an artist and thinker grows and grows while the reputations of most of his much-ballyhooed contemporaries shrink. There is no more eloquent guide to his bracing ideas about our past and future than Eddie Glaude, and Begin Again is that rare thing: an instant classic

    Pankaj Mishra, author of The Age of Anger
  • A powerful indictment of racial injustice in the US written in conversation with the writings of James Baldwin, one of many thinkers who worked tirelessly against white supremacy, and whose wisdom should be part of our conversations today

    New Statesman
  • Begin Again speaks to a global Black Lives Matter movement . . . A riveting read

    Raymond Antrobus, author of The Perseverance
  • An urgent, deeply interesting book

    Rachel Cooke, Observer, *Books to Look Out For 2021*
  • Begin Again is a groundbreaking and informative guide to Baldwin and his era

    Washington Post
  • Eddie Glaude has plunged to the profound depths and sublime heights of Baldwin's prophetic challenge to our present-day crisis. This book is, undoubtedly, the best treatment we have of Baldwin's genius and relevance . . . [a] masterpiece

    Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters and Race Matters
  • How often, amid the ongoing violence and division of our current chapter of American history, have I been made to recall not only the piercing brilliance of James Baldwin, but also his discomfiting prescience? "An old world is dying," he wrote in No Name in the Street, "and a new one, kicking in the belly of its mother, time, announces that it is ready to be born." The magic of Begin Again is that it allows us to ponder Baldwin both in his perilous era and in our own. Remarkable, and remarkably relevant

    Tracy K. Smith, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars

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