In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate. "There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 abo The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white Am...

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Title:In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History
Author:Mitch Landrieu
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525559442
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:227 pages pages

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History Reviews

  • Maria
    Jun 11, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

  • Bookworm
    May 09, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

    Okay, yes, clearly this has been written by a politician that is contemplating running for a higher office. But I still found it fascinating. (And listened to it as audiobook where the author read it himself.) Landrieu is the son of a New Orleans' mayor who himself became a New Orleans...

    What an inspiring book written in a very conversational, even avuncular tone!The first third of the book is Mr. Landrieu recollecting his upbringing that emphasized value for all people, the middle section details his challenges in contributing to deal with Hurricane Katrina and rebuil...

    In the ongoing news cycle about removing statues that commemorate Confederate Civil War figures, we get a memoir from Mitch Landrieu, the now former mayor of New Orleans to how he got to this point and his role in getting them removed. We begin and end the book with book ends about the...

  • Jen
    Aug 21, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

    Okay, yes, clearly this has been written by a politician that is contemplating running for a higher office. But I still found it fascinating. (And listened to it as audiobook where the author read it himself.) Landrieu is the son of a New Orleans' mayor who himself became a New Orleans...

    What an inspiring book written in a very conversational, even avuncular tone!The first third of the book is Mr. Landrieu recollecting his upbringing that emphasized value for all people, the middle section details his challenges in contributing to deal with Hurricane Katrina and rebuil...

    In the ongoing news cycle about removing statues that commemorate Confederate Civil War figures, we get a memoir from Mitch Landrieu, the now former mayor of New Orleans to how he got to this point and his role in getting them removed. We begin and end the book with book ends about the...

    Reading this it's pretty clear that Landrieu is running for President. He lays out a bunch of issues, like climate change, governmental spending, gun violence, and most specifically, and overarching all of it, race. These are all issues that a good presidential candidate in the US shou...

  • Shannon
    Aug 24, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

    Okay, yes, clearly this has been written by a politician that is contemplating running for a higher office. But I still found it fascinating. (And listened to it as audiobook where the author read it himself.) Landrieu is the son of a New Orleans' mayor who himself became a New Orleans...

    What an inspiring book written in a very conversational, even avuncular tone!The first third of the book is Mr. Landrieu recollecting his upbringing that emphasized value for all people, the middle section details his challenges in contributing to deal with Hurricane Katrina and rebuil...

    In the ongoing news cycle about removing statues that commemorate Confederate Civil War figures, we get a memoir from Mitch Landrieu, the now former mayor of New Orleans to how he got to this point and his role in getting them removed. We begin and end the book with book ends about the...

    Reading this it's pretty clear that Landrieu is running for President. He lays out a bunch of issues, like climate change, governmental spending, gun violence, and most specifically, and overarching all of it, race. These are all issues that a good presidential candidate in the US shou...

    This is one of the most encouraging books I have read! The mayor's honesty and commitment to justice and equality as a public servant is not only refreshing, but it is inspiring. The Trump administration , Republican Congress and Senate are a shameful disgrace by comparison. Mitch Land...

    I discovered this on Obama?s 2018 summer reading list, and decided to read it because I was feeling nostalgic about when we had a President who read books. This book was largely autobiographical, but also included many interesting historical, social and political insights. It was a q...

    Very interesting information in this book! I learned more about the (troubling) history of the confederate monuments. Interesting history about New Orleans in general including information about Hurricane Katrina that was new to me. All in all, I'm glad I read this ...

  • Chris
    Oct 06, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

  • Chris
    Apr 09, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

  • Deb
    Oct 08, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

  • Jane
    May 04, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

  • Scott Martin
    May 29, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

  • Cateline
    Aug 12, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

  • Linda
    Aug 08, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

  • Russell
    Aug 14, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

  • Denise
    Oct 11, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

  • Christian
    Apr 19, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

    Okay, yes, clearly this has been written by a politician that is contemplating running for a higher office. But I still found it fascinating. (And listened to it as audiobook where the author read it himself.) Landrieu is the son of a New Orleans' mayor who himself became a New Orleans...

    What an inspiring book written in a very conversational, even avuncular tone!The first third of the book is Mr. Landrieu recollecting his upbringing that emphasized value for all people, the middle section details his challenges in contributing to deal with Hurricane Katrina and rebuil...

  • Sean Chick
    Apr 29, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

  • Mieke Mcbride
    Oct 12, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

    Okay, yes, clearly this has been written by a politician that is contemplating running for a higher office. But I still found it fascinating. (And listened to it as audiobook where the author read it himself.) Landrieu is the son of a New Orleans' mayor who himself became a New Orleans...

  • Stuart Rodriguez
    Mar 15, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

  • Jill Meyer
    Mar 20, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

  • Shavon
    Mar 29, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

  • Jeri Rowe
    May 30, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

  • Tom
    Aug 15, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

  • Marjorie
    May 28, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

  • Alison Hardtmann
    Oct 02, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

  • Jason Park
    Mar 07, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

  • Susan Iannaccone
    Apr 10, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

  • Shevon Quijano
    Jul 12, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

  • Dennis Cooper
    Jul 01, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

    Okay, yes, clearly this has been written by a politician that is contemplating running for a higher office. But I still found it fascinating. (And listened to it as audiobook where the author read it himself.) Landrieu is the son of a New Orleans' mayor who himself became a New Orleans...

    What an inspiring book written in a very conversational, even avuncular tone!The first third of the book is Mr. Landrieu recollecting his upbringing that emphasized value for all people, the middle section details his challenges in contributing to deal with Hurricane Katrina and rebuil...

    In the ongoing news cycle about removing statues that commemorate Confederate Civil War figures, we get a memoir from Mitch Landrieu, the now former mayor of New Orleans to how he got to this point and his role in getting them removed. We begin and end the book with book ends about the...

    Reading this it's pretty clear that Landrieu is running for President. He lays out a bunch of issues, like climate change, governmental spending, gun violence, and most specifically, and overarching all of it, race. These are all issues that a good presidential candidate in the US shou...

    This is one of the most encouraging books I have read! The mayor's honesty and commitment to justice and equality as a public servant is not only refreshing, but it is inspiring. The Trump administration , Republican Congress and Senate are a shameful disgrace by comparison. Mitch Land...

    I discovered this on Obama?s 2018 summer reading list, and decided to read it because I was feeling nostalgic about when we had a President who read books. This book was largely autobiographical, but also included many interesting historical, social and political insights. It was a q...

  • Duncan
    Aug 15, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

  • Ernest Farmer
    Mar 25, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...

    This book is a fascinating look at race and the history of the American South, from slavery to Civil War to Civil Rights. As the title indicates, the book is about how three confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. But as it turns out, much of the book is not about that pa...

    4.5 Stars In The Shadow of Statues was part memoir and part history of New Orleans. It opened my eyes to the shadow that slavery still has over the people of Louisiana and other areas of the south. Having grown up in a time and physical location that did not suffer so much from our...

    Mitch Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans when the statues came down. His book, In the Shadow of Statues, is about why he decided that he needed to use all of the political capital he'd built up over decades of public service to bring them down and the challenges he faced in doing so. Bu...

    Okay, yes, clearly this has been written by a politician that is contemplating running for a higher office. But I still found it fascinating. (And listened to it as audiobook where the author read it himself.) Landrieu is the son of a New Orleans' mayor who himself became a New Orleans...

    What an inspiring book written in a very conversational, even avuncular tone!The first third of the book is Mr. Landrieu recollecting his upbringing that emphasized value for all people, the middle section details his challenges in contributing to deal with Hurricane Katrina and rebuil...

    In the ongoing news cycle about removing statues that commemorate Confederate Civil War figures, we get a memoir from Mitch Landrieu, the now former mayor of New Orleans to how he got to this point and his role in getting them removed. We begin and end the book with book ends about the...

    Reading this it's pretty clear that Landrieu is running for President. He lays out a bunch of issues, like climate change, governmental spending, gun violence, and most specifically, and overarching all of it, race. These are all issues that a good presidential candidate in the US shou...

    This is one of the most encouraging books I have read! The mayor's honesty and commitment to justice and equality as a public servant is not only refreshing, but it is inspiring. The Trump administration , Republican Congress and Senate are a shameful disgrace by comparison. Mitch Land...

  • John Hammontree
    Apr 15, 2018

    People are somehow reading this history book and getting distracted by the fact that the author is a politician. But let's not be so cynical that we overlook the issue of race solely because someone in the public square is raising it. A white politician is an ideal messenger for an his...

    I'm trying to read up on possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race. Mitch Landrieu, currently mayor of New Orleans and formerly Lt Governor of Louisiana, has been mentioned as a dark horse, lurking on the edges of the political landscape. Landrieu's new book, "In th...

    There?s a lot to like about this book. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, gives, I think, an honest and down-to-earth account of his life, from his youth growing up in New Orleans, to his early tangles in state legislature with neo-Nazi David Duke, to Hurricane Katrina and its aft...

    A brief book commissioned by a mayor (there is no way he wrote this) who was vaulted to moderate political stardom for defeating inanimate objects. The truth is under Landrieu New Orleans has rapidly gentrified, with its black population declining and forced to the West Bank. The cultu...

    If you are following or taking part in the debate over the Confederate Statues, this book is a must read. Landrieu not only provides some autobiographic details, but he also removed the statues in New Orleans. His story about how he reached that decision and how he learned the history ...

    I grew up in the cradle of the Civil War, a city where Fort Sumter is part of who we are -- and always will be. I'm from Charleston., S.C. Do love that city with all its flaws. When I was young, my family attended a church downtown that had a gym right across from the slave market....

    One can?t help but wonder if this book will be a launching pad to the presidency as Obama?s ?Dreams of My Father? was. It?s sincere and passionate. Mitch comes off as the next Bill Clinton but without the sleaze. He tells his life story as well as the trauma of Hurricane Katr...

    This book was too much like a political campaign ad for my taste. ...

    Part memoir, part, political history, and part expose on race relations in Louisiana. I loved hearing Mitch Landrieu's side of the story about the controversial decision to take down the confederate monuments in New Orleans. Having lived in Louisiana (as an out of stater, better able t...

    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn?t have come at a better time. ...

    This book is memoir from the mayor of New Orleans and his role in taking down a series of statues honoring Confederate figures in the city and igniting a controversy that sparked intensive debate across the nation. The work starts as an autobiography of a Louisiana politician, whose ex...

    The evolution of Mr. Landrieu?s thoughts on the statues and their cumulative effect on society is really a journey of discovery. It is one that all Americans would profit from, I believe. Being a white Southerner of a certain age myself, I?d not given much thought to the presence o...

    It's important to understand WHY we think and feel the way we do. Current events led me to reexamine my own beliefs and to then do a 180 turn regarding the Confederacy and the Civil War. My great great grandfather fought for the South, and I was raised to be proud of him and to honor L...

    Things I learned and understand better because of this book: 1. Schools in southern states teach that the "war between the states" was fought for state's rights and had nothing to do with slavery. I have friends from the south who whole-heartedly believe this and will not listen t...

    The story of how Mitch Landrieu the mayor of New Orleans came to realization and conviction that four Civil War monuments commemorating the Confederacy should be taken down. The evolution to this end came from family experiences ,the perspectives of African American friends, a Jesuit e...

    Mitch Landrieu, potentially a rising Democratic star, has taken his first real step toward a national run. This book, while commenting on his battle with New Orleans? Confederate statues really shines as a look at his form of governing. Mr. Landrieu provides a hopeful message for all...

    I couldn't read this book fast enough. As a southerner, I related on so many levels to this book. I think folks need to come to terms that the South was WRONG. We must acknowledge it, before we can move forward in healing the divisions in our country. I even tweeted Mitch Landrieu and ...

    Landrieu, resident of New Orleans, Catholic, Democrat, and politician, weaves the story of his life and his city. Touching on the War on Poverty, David Duke, Hurricane Katrina, and the removal of Lost Cause statues, Landrieu reflects on what New Orleans is, was and could be. Why I ...

    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/in-the-s... ...

    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu. ...