White Lies: The Double Life of Walter F. White and America’s Darkest Secret

White Lies: The Double Life of Walter F. White and America’s Darkest Secret

By:  A. J. Baime

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A riveting biography of Walter F. White, a little-known Black civil rights leader who passed for white in order to investigate racist murders, help put the NAACP on the map, and change the racial identity of America forever

Walter F. White led two lives: one as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and the NAACP in the early twentieth century; the other as a white newspaperman who covered lynching crimes in the Deep South at the blazing height of racial violence. Born mixed race and with very fair skin and straight hair, White was able to “pass” for white. He leveraged this ambiguity as a reporter, bringing to light the darkest crimes in America and helping to plant the seeds of the civil rights movement. White’s risky career led him to lead a double life. He was simultaneously a second-class citizen subject to Jim Crow laws at home and a widely respected professional with full access to the white world at work. His life was fraught with internal and external conflict—much like the story of race in America. Starting out as an obscure activist, White ultimately became Black America’s most prominent leader. A character study of White’s life and career with all these complexities has never been rendered, until now.

By the award-winning, best-selling author of The Accidental President,Dewey Defeats Truman, and The Arsenal of Democracy,White Lies uncovers the life of a civil rights leader unlike any other.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358447757

  • ISBN-10: 0358447755

  • Pages: 400

  • Price: $30.00

  • Publication Date: 02/01/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

A. J. Baime
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A. J. Baime

A. J. BAIME is the New York Times bestselling author of The Arsenal ofDemocracy: FDR, Detroit, and an EpicQuest to Arm an America at War, GoLike Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battlefor Speed and Glory at Le Mans, TheAccidental President: Harry S. Trumanand the Four Months That Changed the World, and Dewey Defeats Truman: The1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul. Baime is a longtime regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and his articles have also appeared in TheNew York Times, Popular Science, and Men's Journal. He holds an MA in literature from NYU and currently lives in northern California. 
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    “A. J. Baime is a master storyteller and this is his finest work—a thrilling story and a stunning, smart, invaluable piece of American history that helps us better understand a forgotten hero and better understand the question of race in America. An extraordinary book.” 

    —Jonathan Eig, New York Times best-selling author of Ali: A Life 

      

    White Lies, A. J. Baime’s well-researched and riveting biography of Walter F. White, should be required reading not only for NAACP leaders across America, but for any student of US history and Black leaders in the fight for civil rights. This book is a profound accounting of a pivotal time in our nation and of a man who helped shape its course. Far too many people have never heard of Walter. Or they only know precious little of his contributions to the cause. Now, no one has any excuse.” 

    —Richard Rose, president, Atlanta branch of the NAACP 

     

    “Race is the central question of American history, and Walter White is the riddle within. Far less well-known than he should be, Walter’s dangerous investigations for the NAACP throughout the Jim Crow South changed the way Americans viewed the awful practice of lynching, which surely would have been Walter’s fate if his true identity were ever discovered. A. J. Baime’s White Lies finally gives this American hero his due. Impossible to put down, both thoughtful and gripping, White Lies proves that no one writes American history better than Baime.” 

    —Jeffrey A. Engel, director, Center for Presidential History 

     

Available Resources

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358447757

  • ISBN-10: 0358447755

  • Pages: 400

  • Price: $30.00

  • Publication Date: 02/01/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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