Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, June 28, 2021
Update: Once again, we have sold out. However, Noontide Press still has some available, which you can buy here.
Race and the American Prospect: Essays on the Racial Realities of Our Nation and Our Time went out of print almost immediately after it was first published. Three years ago, American Renaissance secured a few dozen copies and quickly sold them all. Now, once again, we have received a few dozen more, and sold them all.
Here is an excerpt from a review I wrote of the book in anticipation of a planned reissue, which never happened:
Race and the American Prospect is a meticulously produced assault on what sometimes seems to be an unbreakable wall of egalitarian cant. With 14 contributors, it is a kind of “greatest hits” collection of the sharpest dissident minds, each deconstructing egalitarianism in his own way: Sam Francis wrote with his signature James Burnham-inspired sociological view, Richard Lynn wrote on IQ, Derek Turner wrote about the UK, Richard McCulloch wrote on separation, etc. In this way, each of the essays reads well on its own, and the common theme of the book is: “racial diversity is bad — no matter how you look at it.” The variety of topics leaves no stone unturned, no question unanswered.
Many of the contributions remind me how much I wish the author wrote more frequently. Sam Dickson’s intimate understanding of the soul of the South is on the level of Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor, and Jerry Woodruff’s knowledge of continental philosophy is marvelous. At the same time, the prolific contributors in this volume all have essays that outshine much of their other work. Jared Taylor manages to squeeze the history of American racial thought into an edifying 30 pages, Wayne Lutton does the same with the history of our immigration policies. While both Dr. Lutton and Mr. Taylor are capable writers, these essays are a cut above their usual work. And while the late Sam Francis wrote many brilliant things, his essay in this book, “Why the American Ruling Class Betrays Its Race and Civilization,” in some ways a preview of his posthumous work, Leviathan and Its Enemies, is one of his best. His ability to summarize and apply complex concepts like “managerialism” is unmatched, and it is hard to imagine someone reading it without having his worldview changed at least to some degree.
Race and the American Prospect very consciously tried to put together the most articulate and insightful essays on race from the most articulate and insightful pro-white thinkers alive — and it succeeded. In the afterword, Robert S. Griffin wrote:
The absence of shrill, in-your-face posturing in these writings should increase the chances that readers new to this concern will take in the arguments and not dismiss them out of hand. I believe this collection is going to lead many readers to conclude, ‘If people of this caliber think whites confront a major crisis, I should give this matter a hard look myself.’