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The White Darkness by David Grann

Title The White Darkness
Author David Grann
Publisher Doubleday
Release Date 2018-10-30
Category History
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9780385544580
Language English, Spanish, and French
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By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Title The White Darkness
Author Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2021-02-23
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780063007888
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature! “Completely gripping.” —People “Dazzling.” —The Observer Geraldine McCaughrean—two-time Carnegie Medalist for Where the World Ends and Pack of Lies—takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the frozen heart of darkness with this lyrical, riveting, and imaginative young adult novel. Symone "Sym" Wates is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears. But Sym's uncle Victor is even more obsessed—and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves.

White Darkness by David A. McIntee

Title White Darkness
Author David A. McIntee
Publisher London Bridge
Release Date 1993
Category Fiction
Total Pages 244
ISBN 042620395X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This new series of original novels takes up where the TV series left off. Novels published in 1992 demonstrated the scope of this series, from all-action space adventure to psychological thriller to mythic fantasy. All stories feature the Seventh Doctor and his new companion, Bernice Summerfield.

Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Title Heart of Darkness
Author Joseph Conrad
Publisher BookRix
Release Date 2018-10-16
Category Fiction
Total Pages 154
ISBN 9783736800830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Heart of Darkness is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow's life as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is "a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land." In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz. The story is a complex exploration of the attitudes people hold on what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized society and the attitudes on colonialism and racism that were part and parcel of European imperialism. Originally published as a three-part serial story, in Blackwood's Magazine, the novella Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness one of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.

In Shackleton S Footsteps by Henry Worsley

Title In Shackleton s Footsteps
Author Henry Worsley
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2011-02-03
Category Travel
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780753544402
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On the 29th of October 1908, a party of four men, led by Ernest Shackleton, set out to be the first to reach the South Pole. Three months later, their mission was in ruins and they faced certain death if they carried on. Just 97 miles from the South Pole, Shackleton turned back. One hundred years on, in October 2008, a team that included descendants of that original party, led by Henry Worsley, set out from Shackleton's hut to celebrate the centenary of his expedition by retracing the exact 870 mile route and going on to finish the last 97 miles. This captivating book explores the history of the original expedition and reasons behind its failure, while capturing the meticulous planning, fundraising and training for the new expedition. There is also the team's first days on the ice, Christmas on the polar plateau, the brutal reality of crossing the Beardmore Glacier and the final miles to the South Pole. In Shackleton's Footsteps is a unique story of adventure, pioneering spirit and man's triumph over nature.

Prince Of Darkness by Shane White

Title Prince of Darkness
Author Shane White
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2015-10-13
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781466880719
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America's first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt's death on January 4, 1877, an almost full-page obituary on the front of the National Republican acknowledged that, in the context of his Wall Street share transactions, "There was only one man who ever fought the Commodore to the end, and that was Jeremiah Hamilton." What Vanderbilt's obituary failed to mention, perhaps as contemporaries already knew it well, was that Hamilton was African American. Hamilton, although his origins were lowly, possibly slave, was reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, possessing a fortune of $2 million, or in excess of two hundred and $50 million in today's currency. In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger than life story of a man who defied every convention of his time. He wheeled and dealed in the lily white business world, he married a white woman, he bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, he owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride, and generally set his white contemporaries teeth on edge when he wasn't just plain outsmarting them. An important contribution to American history, Hamilton's life offers a way into considering, from the unusual perspective of a black man, subjects that are usually seen as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past.

Title The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
Author David Grann
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2011
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 404
ISBN 9780307275905
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Explores unforgettable mysteries and the nature of obsession, from the Aryan Brotherhood's infiltration of the U.S. prison system to a chameleon con artist in Europe to the author's experience with a cyclone while searching for the elusive giant squid.

Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Title Endurance
Author Alfred Lansing
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2014-04-29
Category History
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780465058792
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.

To The Edges Of The Earth by Edward J. Larson

Title To the Edges of the Earth
Author Edward J. Larson
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2018-03-13
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780062564511
Language English, Spanish, and French
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*** National Outdoor Book Award WINNER! *** From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a "suspenseful" (WSJ) and "adrenaline-fueled" (Outside) entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time: in 1909 three daring expeditions–led by Ernest Shackleton, Robert Peary, and the dashing Duke of the Abruzzi–simultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world. As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration—set at the world’s frozen extremes—lay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the so-called “Third Pole,” the pole of altitude, located in unexplored heights of the Himalaya. Before the calendar turned, three expeditions had faced death, mutiny, and the harshest conditions on the planet to plant flags at the furthest edges of the Earth. In the course of one extraordinary year, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed worldwide at the discovers of the North Pole; Britain’s Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic “Furthest South” record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the Magnetic South Pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy’s Duke of the Abruzzi had attained an altitude record that would stand for a generation, the result of the first major mountaineering expedition to the Himalaya's eastern Karakoram, where the daring aristocrat attempted K2 and established the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet. Based on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Edward J. Larson weaves these narratives into one thrilling adventure story. Larson, author of the acclaimed polar history Empire of Ice, draws on his own voyages to the Himalaya, the arctic, and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, where he himself reached the South Pole and lived in Shackleton’s Cape Royds hut as a fellow in the National Science Foundations’ Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. These three legendary expeditions, overlapping in time, danger, and stakes, were glorified upon their return, their leaders celebrated as the preeminent heroes of their day. Stripping away the myth, Larson, a master historian, illuminates one of the great, overlooked tales of exploration, revealing the extraordinary human achievement at the heart of these journeys.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Title The White Tiger
Author Aravind Adiga
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2008-04-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781416562733
Language English, Spanish, and French
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE The stunning Booker Prize–winning novel from the author of Amnesty and Selection Day that critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society. “This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before” (John Burdett, Bangkok 8). The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society. Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, provocative debut.

Playing In The Dark by Toni Morrison

Title Playing in the Dark
Author Toni Morrison
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2007-07-24
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 112
ISBN 9780307388636
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race—and promises to change the way we read American literature. Morrison shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. According to the Chicago Tribune, Morrison "reimagines and remaps the possibility of America." Her brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. Written with the artistic vision that has earned the Nobel Prize-winning author a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark is an invaluable read for avid Morrison admirers as well as students, critics, and scholars of American literature.

The Darkness Of White by K. B. Knight

Title The Darkness of White
Author K. B. Knight
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-08-26
Category
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1544870337
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Travis Maurice Walker or otherwise known as Travis Grizzly is an American ex-Green Beret sniper who fought in the Afghanistan war. The six-foot-five, three-hundred-pound soldier was trained exceptionally well in hand-to-hand combat. In all his years he has never experienced defeat, even in the most extreme circumstances. In short, Travis Walker was born to be the perfect soldier-the perfect killing machine.On his final tour to Afghanistan, a week before coming home, Travis was struck in the head by an enemy's sniper bullet; it left him clinging to life. By miracle he survived, but would never be the same. Afterwards he moved to Lake City, Colorado along with his beautiful wife to not only continue the healing process, but to start a new life. With less than four hundred living souls in this historically rich city, it made for a perfect secluded area to keep a man that was programmed to kill safely within his isolated cage. No one knew they had a walking time bomb living next door until the day the cage was left open. A record-breaking winter storm takes the city hostage, isolating the residents from the rest of the world in a blizzard-like prison. A perfect mixture of adultery, mistrust, and murder will unleash a terrible evil upon the city, hell-bent on wiping out an entire family, along with anyone who dares get in the way. But another force, a seemingly darker one, will simply be-hell-bent.

Title Killers of the Flower Moon
Author David Grann
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2017-04-18
Category True Crime
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780385534253
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. A New York Times Notable Book Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate

Title Out of Darkness Shining Light
Author Petina Gappah
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2019-09-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781982110352
Language English, Spanish, and French
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ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 “Engrossing, beautiful, and deeply imaginative, Out of Darkness, Shining Light is a novel that lends voice to those who appeared only as footnotes in history, yet whose final, brave act of loyalty and respect changed the course of it. An incredible and important book by a masterful writer.” ​—Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing “This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.” So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. Narrated by Halima, the doctor's sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, this is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.

Title The Secret Life of Mary White
Author Lenaye Marsten
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-10-09
Category
Total Pages 360
ISBN 9798694118279
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Magical Tale of A Woman with A Rare and Misunderstood Gift! Inspired by a true story from the 17th century Piscataqua region of New England. Young Mary White must walk a fine line between her healing craft and the deadly intolerance of the fearful and ignorant. From natural magic and alchemy to ancient wisdom and folklore, she must transcend the consequences of her gift in order to survive and help others with her crucial healing talents. A story of triumph and tragedy and the transmutation of darkness into light. "Exquisite wordsmith: the dialogue was incredible, the story made me cry." - Michael Nelson, Author, Naational Poetry Award Winner "Enchanting and fascinating. The author's historical accuracy, authentic dialogue and settings sweep the reader away to another time and place." - Paula Robinson Roussouw, Author and Columnist "Lenaye Marsten weaves a magical tale of a woman with rare and misunderstood gifts. Women in the 1600s risked their lives healing and helping others with their clairvoyant skills. This is a riveting story beautifully written, filled with evocative imagery and its own healing magic." - Anne Marilyn Lucas, DGA Playwright, educator and director LENAYE MARSTEN is an alternative healer, an award-winning artist, and a descendant of Mary White. She lives in Maine with her family and a houseful of pets.

The Once Future King by T. H. White

Title The Once Future King
Author T. H. White
Publisher McClelland & Stewart
Release Date 2015-10-13
Category Fiction
Total Pages 663
ISBN 9781551999142
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The definitive modern take on the timeless tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round table. The legends of King Arthur date back to medieval Europe, and have become some of the dominant myths of Western culture. In The Once & Future King, T. H. White reinvents the story for a modern audience. The novel starts by introducing the reader to a young Arthur – just a child, and far from the King he will become – as he is raised by the wizard Merlyn, and moves on to chronicle his rise to Kingship, the affair between Guinevere and Lancelot, and the eventual destruction of the round table. The first section, released independently as The Sword in the Stone, was adapted into an animated film by Walt Disney Pictures. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

The Lost City Of Z by David Grann

Title The Lost City of Z
Author David Grann
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2009-02-24
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780385529228
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Killers of the Flower Moon In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

The Lost Book Of The White by Cassandra Clare

Title The Lost Book of the White
Author Cassandra Clare
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date 2020-09-01
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781481495127
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series and a thrilling new adventure for High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, for whom a death-defying mission into the heart of evil is not just a job, it’s also a romantic getaway. The Lost Book of the White is a Shadowhunters novel. Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re living together in a fabulous loft, their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway. Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter. Also, someone has stabbed Magnus with a strange magical weapon and the wound is glowing, so they have that to worry about too. Fortunately, their backup consists of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, and newly minted Shadowhunter Simon. In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—the realm of the dead. Can they stop the threat to the world? Will they make it back home before their kid completely wears out Alec’s mom?

Title A Bright Ray of Darkness
Author Ethan Hawke
Publisher Knopf
Release Date 2021
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780385352383
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes--an utterly transfixing book about art and love, fame and heartbreak from the acclaimed actor/writer/director. Hawke's first novel in nearly twenty years is a bracing meditation on fame and celebrity, and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of the ravages of disappointment and divorce; a poignant consideration of the rites of fatherhood and manhood; a novel soaked in rage and sex, longing and despair; and a passionate love letter to the world of theater. A Bright Ray of Darkness showcases Ethan Hawke's gifts as a novelist as never before. Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying--and narcissistic--Falstaff's of all time. Searing and raw, A Bright Ray of Darkness is a novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Title White Fragility
Author Robin DiAngelo
Publisher Beacon Press
Release Date 2018-06-26
Category Social Science
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9780807047422
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.