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  • A wide-ranging, landmark summary of the Black experience in America: searing, rich in unfamiliar detail, exploring every aspect of slavery and its continuing legacy . . . Again and again, The 1619 Project brings the past to life in fresh ways. . . . Multifaceted and often brilliant

    The New York Times Book Review
  • Visionary... imaginative, all-encompassing... the sheer breadth of this book is refreshing and illuminating, challenging each and every reader to confront America's past, present and future

    BookPage (starred)
  • [A] groundbreaking compendium... bracing and urgent... This collection is an extraordinary update to an ongoing project of vital truth-telling

    Esquire, “Best Books of Fall 2021”
  • Readers will discover something new and redefining on every page ... This visionary, meticulously produced, profound, and bedrock-shifting testament belongs in every library and on every reading list ... [an] invaluable and galvanizing history ... revelatory

    Booklist (starred)
  • This invaluable book sets itself apart by reframing readers' understanding of U.S. history, past and present

    Library Journal (starred)
  • A sweeping study of the "unparalleled impact" of African slavery on American society... The result is a bracing and vital reconsideration of American history

    Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • A much-needed book that stakes a solid place in a battlefield of ideas over America's past and present

    Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • Restores people erased from the national narrative, offering a motivating, if sobering, origin story we need to understand if we are ever going to truly achieve 'liberty and justice for all'

    Women’s Review of Books
  • The ambitious project that got Americans rethinking our racial history... expanded into a book incorporating essays from pretty much everyone you want to hear from about the country's great topic and great shame

    Los Angeles Times
  • The groundbreaking project from The New York Times, which created a new origin story for America based on the very beginnings of American slavery, is expanded into a very large, very powerful full-length book

    Entertainment Weekly

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