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Beyond Charlottesville : taking a stand against white nationalism (utgåvan 2019)

av Terry McAuliffe

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When Governor Terry McAuliffe hung up the phone on the afternoon of the violent "Unite the Right" rally, he was sure Trump would do the right thing and condemn the white supremacists who'd descended on Charlottesville. Instead Trump declared there was "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." Trump was condemned from many sides himself, but the damage was done. He'd excused the terrorists and, thus, egged them on when he could have stopped them in their tracks. In Beyond Charlottesville, McAuliffe looks at the forces and events that led to tragedy in the college town, including the vicious murder of Heather Heyer and the death of two state troopers in a helicopter crash. He doesn't whitewash Virginia history, and he discusses a KKK protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. He takes a hard real-time behind-the-scenes look at the actions of everyone on that fateful day of August 12, including his own, to see what could have been done differently. He lays out what was done afterwards to prevent future Charlottesvilles--and what still needs to be done as America in general and Virginia in particular continue to grapple with their history of racism. Beyond Charlottesville will be the definitive account of an infamous chapter in our history sure to be cited for years as a crucial reference point in the long struggle to fight racism, extremism and hate.… (mer)
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Titel:Beyond Charlottesville : taking a stand against white nationalism
Författare:Terry McAuliffe
Info:New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2019.
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The premise of the book sounds good, but I felt like I read a much different book than was promised. This is more a memoir of McAuliffe's political career, focusing mostly on what he had achieved in office as the governor of Virginia.

It becomes clear very quickly that McAuliffe can do no wrong in his own eyes. He spends the first part of the book talking himself up at every opportunity and touting his accomplishments. He namedrops frequently, and it became quite repetitive and annoying.

The second part of the book deals with what happened in Charlottesville during the "Unite the Right" weekend. McAuliffe praises himself and the state police without reservation (although the police's actions in the rallies were suspect - why were nonviolent protesters being teargassed while later that night people who were flaunting the law allowed to continue in these activities without the police making a peep?). He is quick to lay blame on anyone and everyone else - the counterprotesters for not staying home, the ACLU (he really hates the ACLU, it seems), the judiciary for not siding with him, and the Charlottesville local government.

The last couple of chapters deal do offer some ideas of what can be done to combat white nationalism, but it feels like too little, too late. Even most of these "ideas" are actually just a regurgitation of what he has done in office.

The entire book feels like an attempt from McAliffe to set himself for running for a higher office. I mean, seriously, this guy compares himself to Nelson Mandela, Robert F. Kennedy, and John Lewis. I almost gagged a little. Self-serving much?

My verdict: meh. This isn't the book I was expecting, and I got sick of McAliffe's pontificating pretty quickly. ( )
  schatzi | Sep 8, 2019 |
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When Governor Terry McAuliffe hung up the phone on the afternoon of the violent "Unite the Right" rally, he was sure Trump would do the right thing and condemn the white supremacists who'd descended on Charlottesville. Instead Trump declared there was "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." Trump was condemned from many sides himself, but the damage was done. He'd excused the terrorists and, thus, egged them on when he could have stopped them in their tracks. In Beyond Charlottesville, McAuliffe looks at the forces and events that led to tragedy in the college town, including the vicious murder of Heather Heyer and the death of two state troopers in a helicopter crash. He doesn't whitewash Virginia history, and he discusses a KKK protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. He takes a hard real-time behind-the-scenes look at the actions of everyone on that fateful day of August 12, including his own, to see what could have been done differently. He lays out what was done afterwards to prevent future Charlottesvilles--and what still needs to be done as America in general and Virginia in particular continue to grapple with their history of racism. Beyond Charlottesville will be the definitive account of an infamous chapter in our history sure to be cited for years as a crucial reference point in the long struggle to fight racism, extremism and hate.

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