Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America

Category: Book
By (author): Oluo, Ijeoma
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
  HISTORY / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: November 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.84in
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From The Publisher*

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, an  "illuminating" (New York Times Book Review) history of white male identity

What happens to a country that tells generations of white men that they deserve power? What happens when their identity is defined by their status over women and people of color? In Mediocre, Ijeoma Oluo examines the last 150 years of American history to expose the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. She investigates the real costs of this phenomenon, and then envisions a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism. In the end, Mediocre confronts our founding myths in the hopes that we will write better stories for  future generations. 

Review Quote*"Wide-ranging in the cultural history it provides, Mediocre illuminates the various ways white men work to maintain racial power."-New York Times
Review Quote*

"A conversational call to action, an urging to rewrite our definition of White manhood and diminish the power it holds…. Oluo is asking us to evaluate the myths America tells itself about itself, see the violence within, be honest about the perpetrators and the victims, and then tell different stories. Truer ones. But she is also inviting us, on occasion, to chuckle. There is levity and voice in Mediocre."

-Washington Post
Review Quote*"Searing.... Oluo lays out a sweeping cultural history of white men failing upward, from education to sports to politics.... Mediocre is a fast, engaging read, and Oluo is a warm, evenhanded narrator."-San Francisco Chronicle
Review Quote*"I'm eternally grateful, as I think everyone is who reads your book. Your books don't come from a place of hate, but of determination to make a change... Thank you for writing another amazing book."-Trevor Noah, on "The Daily Show"
Review Quote*"Oluo examines the cultural and political underpinnings of what she calls the 'mediocre-white-man-industrial complex.' ... She also digs into how, at different points in history, this country has failed women-a particularly salient reminder amid a pandemic that has driven hundreds of thousands of women out of the workforce."-Fast Company
Review Quote*"Oluo takes readers on a journey through 150 years of American history, from the post-reconstruction South to present-day controversy over NFL protests, all while pointing out the influence and costs of white male supremacy."-Katie Couric
Review Quote*"Ijeoma Oluo's sharp yet accessible writing about the American racial landscape made her 2018 book, So You Want to Talk About Race, an invaluable resource for anyone looking to understand and dismantle racist structures. Her new book, Mediocre, builds on this exemplary work, homing in on the role of white patriarchy in creating and upholding a system built to disenfranchise anyone who isn't a white male."-TIME
Review Quote*"Redefines the idea of American greatness"-Cosmopolitan
Review Quote*"This well-researched, yet highly personal, tome shines a spotlight on modern-day racism and white supremacy."-USA Today