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Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Yale. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of six books, including Race, Crime, and the Law, for which he received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. A member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia, and of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he lives in Massachusetts.

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Best African American Essays 2010

Written by Gerald Early and Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $16.00

Here is the superb second edition of the annual anthology devoted to the best nonfiction writing by African American authors—provocative works from an unprecedented and unforgettable year when truth was stranger (and more inspiring) than fiction.

The galvanizing election of Barack Obama was on the minds—and the pages—of authors everywhere. Best African... Read more >

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Best African American Fiction 2010

Written by Gerald Early and Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $16.00

Bursting with energy and innovation, the second volume in the annual anthology collects the year's best short stories by African American authors.

Dealing with all aspects of life from the pain of war to the warmth of family, the superb tales in Best African American Fiction 2010 are a tribute to... Read more >

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For Discrimination
Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $25.95

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher v. University of Texas, For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’ s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice.

What precisely is affirmative action, and why... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

For Discrimination
Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $13.99

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Interracial Intimacies
Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $24.00

“The best book written on the subject, an exhaustive source of deep, rich scholarship and surefooted brilliant analysis.” —Seattle Times

“We urgently need Kennedy, his courage and his convictions. . . . For some time [he] has been a member of that small coterie of our most lucid big thinkers about race.”... Read more >
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Interracial Intimacies
Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: eBook, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Nigger
The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $14.00

It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the... Read more >
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Nigger
The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Persistence of the Color Line
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Persistence of the Color Line
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $15.95

Renowned for his insightful, common-sense critiques of racial politics, Randall Kennedy gives us a shrewd and penetrating analysis of the complex relationship between the first black president and his African-American constituency.

Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama; whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African... Read more >
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Race, Crime, and the Law

Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1998
Price: $19.95

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize

In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work, Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy uncovers the long-standing failure of the justice system to protect blacks from criminals; engages the debate over the wisdom and legality of using racial criteria in jury selection; analyzes... Read more >
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Race, Crime, and the Law

Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 2012
Price: $15.99

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Sellout
The Politics of Racial Betrayal
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $13.95

In the wake of his controversial national best-seller, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Randall Kennedy grapples brilliantly and judiciously with another stigma of our racial discourse: "selling out," or racial betrayal, which is a subject of much anxiety and acrimony in Black America. He atomizes the vicissitudes of... Read more >
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Sellout
The Politics of Racial Betrayal
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $11.99

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