An American Story

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Pantheon Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
In a compelling memoir, a noted African-American journalist describes her personal journey and the influence of her heritage on her life and career, detailing the crippling self-doubt of her adolescence, her belief in the power of education, her career as a military intelligence officer, her years at Harvard Law School, and her work as a journalist. 75,000 first printing.

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A straightforward yet empty memoir of the modern American Dream, as experienced by an African-American journalist. There are many reasons to write a memoir. Some write to record their experiences as ... Read full review

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A devastatingly honest & revealing self-portrait. I had never heard of Debra Dickerson before running across this book in a local thrift store. And I guess she's not exactly "famous." But considering ... Read full review


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Debra J. Dickerson is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and a columnist for She has been an editor at U.S. News & World Report and her writings have appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, Slate, The Village Voice, and Essence, among other periodicals.  She lives in Washington, D.C.

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