In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu

In the Shadow of Statues

"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." --Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs 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."The...

Details In the Shadow of Statues

TitleIn the Shadow of Statues
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, History, Politics, Biography, Race, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews In the Shadow of Statues

  • Shavon Jones
    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 historical account of race relations in the Deep South and the rest of the U.S. This is a book review of the content of Mayor Landrieu's message and the manner of his ...
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    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 aftermath, and finally, to the removal of the four Confederate monuments from New Orleans in 2017. I appreciated that Landrieu’s recollections felt clear-eyed, and h...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    “I have often heard it said by elders that you can’t know how a man feels until you walk in his shoes. It has taken me the better part of forty years to find those shoes. This is what I have come to call transformative awareness. We are all capable of it; but we come kicking and screaming to a sudden shift in thinking about the past. To get there we have to acknowledge that we were inattentive, insensitive, myopic, or God forbid, hateful in o...
  • Jill Meyer
    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 the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History", is a good look at three major issues that he has handled in his time in the two major offices he has hel...
  • Christian
    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 rebuilding New Orleans and the last part is about him spearheading a movement to take down American Civil War statues that were out of place and out of time. I greatly re...
  • Ernest Farmer
    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 Landrieu for president 2020! Ernest Farmer.e te Awesome and courageous , a must read for K = 12History Thank you mayor for your courage and actions E, farmer
  • Chris
    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 Katrina. If you read the acknowledgments at the end of the book you might question how much of the book he actually wrote with thanks to speech writers and journalists....
  • John Hammontree
    The South could use more leaders like Mitch Landrieu.
  • Susan Iannaccone
    Perfect Extremely well written, scholarly and with heart. Love this book about a city I love. Couldn’t have come at a better time.
  • Jason Park
    An honorable memoir in many ways that still fails in its execution. My full review:
  • Amanda Mae
    It’s pretty clear Mitch Landrieu has further political aspirations by writing this book, but I enjoyed reading it. He gives his autobiography growing up as the son of a New Orleans mayor, and now the city of New Orleans has evolved and faced the issue of race. He devotes only one chapter to the actual removal of the Confederate statues of the title, but he also tells his story of rebuilding after Katrina and his interactions with various politi...
  • Lit Folio
    It's hard for me not to have issues with Landrieu's book--spawned most likely out of the attention he received via The New York Times last spring after these statues were taken down. I know about New Orleans culture because I had spent a good many years living there--studying and then teaching and though there are truths here, it is all slanted to fit this polemic on the wrongs of the Civil War and its implication of pro-slavery. The Civil War is...
  • Maggie Boyd
    This is a quick and easy read. Mitch Landrieu, second term mayor of New Orleans, centers his conversation on race around his childhood, the period he served in the state legislature with David Duke and his removal of four confederate statues from prominent places in New Orleans. Landrieu begins with his childhood, where his father as mayor of New Orleans worked to integrate the city and he relates the name calling, hate mail and hate filled phone...
  • Dan Downing
    I am grateful Mr. Landrieu wrote this memoir/history/moral guide. First, it is important to peek into the diseased minds of those Americans who harbor hatred. At one point Landrieu recognizes a eucharistic minister in his church as the woman who screams vile epithets at him when he jogs in the park. He is surprised, but of course, he should not be. Priests and evangelical fundamentalists and their minions and benefactors have been spewing hatred ...
  • Michele
    This book should be required reading for all Americans. More importantly, white, Americans. It should be put in classrooms as a tool to explain the importance of the symbols we choose; while I do not fault any black American for saying things like "we got bigger problems than statues", etc (and I appreciated those inclusions), it still stands out to me: If we'd moved on as a country, it would not have engendered death threats and the inability of...
  • Dianna
    A copy of this title has been provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Landrieu’s ‘In the Shadow of Statues’ is a thoughtful personal examination of race, culture, and politics in the city of New Orleans. Anchored by the recent removal of confederate monuments in the city, the story winds through the biographical reflections and moral examinations that preceded the decision. I (cynically) expected some polit...
  • Matthew
    I confess if NOLA didn't hold such a special place in my heart I don't know if I would have picked up this book to read -- but so glad I did! The book is, first of all, really well written -- but it's also a moving, fresh look at a history that is often known about (or people assume they know about it) but too seldom talked about. Mitch Landrieu's ability to personalize the events as he experienced them growing up in a mixed race neighborhood in ...
  • Lorraine Israel
    An inspiring book by a brave politician In this well written, fascinating account of Mitch Landrieu’s life and his work to rebuild the city of New Orleans , especially after the devastation in the wake of Katrina, he leaves us with his legacy for his beautiful city- hope in place of despair, morality in place of shame.This story is a message not only for Americans, but relevant to many cities and countries , including my own, where history is n...
  • Diane Heath
    A 3 1/2 to 4 star rating. This is the journey of Mitch Landrieu from his childhood through his 2nd term as mayor of New Orleans. It is a book of praise for New Orleans being multicultural. More is about the city's recovery after Katrina than it is about removing the Confederate statues from New Orleans.He makes the case for facing the legacy of slavery and racism head on. This necessity is made more obvious when one considers that in Tennessee th...
  • Puneri
    Mitch Landrieu is going to run for Presidency. I saw him on Bill Maher and enjoyed the conversation and so had to read this book. With the rise of fringe right wing groups, white supremacy and the aftermath of Charlottesville; this book has hit the stands at perfect time. His experience as growing in NOLA as a son of politician shapes his writing. This is not a history lesson but more like musings of a liberal Mayor who took a stance in the face ...
  • Sara
    I'm not sure what I expected from this book but I have found it a bit disappointing. To put it simply, the book was divided into three parts- the author's childhood, his accomplishments as a political leader and then the story about the Confederate statues coming down. There was A LOT of trophy shining. Landrieu did more during his mayoral tenure than just taken down some monuments to racism, and I think this book serves to support that. New Orle...
  • Tom Grover
    It was interesting to listen to the behind the scenes story about the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans. Landrieu makes a compelling argument for their removal. The statues are both symbols of oppression and are actually distortions of history anyway. All that said, the book was a little bit too self-congratulatory for me. I have to wonder if Landrieu wrote this book with an eye to the 2020 Democratic primary. Also, taking down statue...
  • John Deardurff
    Mitch Landrieu is the Mayor of New Orleans and a potential 2020 Democratic Presidental candidate. I primarily picked up the book because of my interest in the Civil War statues in New Orleans. This is an issue that I actually lean to the right on because I am not a fan of removing history. I wanted to read the opinion of someone with an opposing viewpoint. What I ended up with was a fascinating tale of politics in one of America's more culturally...
  • Shaiket Das
    It was a good read. The majority of the book talks about his childhood, his family, his upbringing, his values, political career, Katrina, a good deal of background about New Orleans etc. The whole action around bringing down the statues and the odds that his team faced is really in the last chapter.
  • B. Cheng
    So this book is quite obviously his push for consideration as a presidential candidate in 2020, but it takes a different tack from what we typically see from this trope, telling a story of himself and New Orleans and the role that race played and still plays in that city, taking a specific look at Katrina as well as the issue of Confederate statues.
  • Kim Swartz
    Mitch Landrieu, longtime resident and current mayor of New Orleans, writes about his family history, the devastation of Katrina and how he came to the decision to remove four Confederate monuments from the city he obviously loves. While I agree with several of the other reviews that it is clear Mr. Landrieu has further political aspirations, I enjoyed the book. Well written and thought provoking.
  • kamau m. lizwelicha
    A must readThis book has arrived at an important period in US American history. Instead of "Making American Great Again," Americans must make our country represents our constitution that all humans are equal and deserve respect. Mr. Landrieu demonstrated a life of courage. Thank you.
  • Julie
    This is a meaningful book that looks at history truthfully and towards the future with conviction. Mitch Landrieu’s voice is thoughtful, respectful and honest. A must read, especially for those of us not from the south.
  • Marilynn Smith
    Well done! A white politician in New Orleans confronts racism over the course of his career, finally getting racist statues pulled down in New Orleans. What a gripping story. A little self congratulatory in places, but, nonetheless, a worthwhile read.
  • Kate
    Phenomenal history lessons from a courageous leader.