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About Last of the Black Emperors

How did Marion Barry pull off his political resurrection? Why are African-Americans so enamored of him? And why, despite his return to power, has Barry's story so dramatically lost promise? The Last of the Black Emperors explains the many paradoxes of Marion Barry's career, and documents the growth of his racial and political identities parallel with those of his largely black constituency.

Jonetta Rose Barras places the D.C. mayor in context, comparing him with politicians-black and non-black-of his generation, and with "the new black leaders" who have rendered his style obsolete. Focusing on the period from Barry's 1992 prison release, through his 1994 mayoral victory, and the subsequent erosion of his influence in the nation's capital, BARRAS' study traces the uneven trajectory of a wily, controversial, but captivating personality.

About Jonetta Rose Barras

Jonetta Rose Barras is a columnist and former reporter for the Washington Times, a former associate editor of the Washington City Paper, and a contributor to the New Republic. She frequently contributes to The Washington Post and American Enterprise Magazine as well.

A respected authority on black politics, Barras has provided commentary for NPR's "All Things Considered," CNN, C-Span, and CBS's "60 Minutes.". She is also a published poet.

Her most recent book in May 2000 was Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl? The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women.

Barras resides in Washington, DC.

Jonnetta Rose Barras Website

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