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Full Dissidence by Howard Bryant

Full DissidenceHoward Bryant

Praise for Howard Bryant’s Full Dissidence

This collection of essays is everything I hold dear, a searing rejection of everything racist America holds dear inside and outside the lines. Howard Bryant does not hold back in his withering and thoughtful dissections and rejections of the racial politics of athletics and the athletic politics of race.This book is an oracle.

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

This book is a wonder. Bryant tells daring truths about our culture and society—and explores, in all its complexity, what it means to navigate and struggle against injustice and a deeply divided world.”

Naomi Klein, author of On Fire and This Changes Everything

Forceful, justifiably angry essays connected by the theme of white supremacy negating the full citizenship of black Americans….an illuminating social and cultural critique from an important contemporary voice.

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Bryant showcases why he is one of the most talented writers of this generation in thoughtful essays…[an] in-depth analysis and examination of issues. Highly recommended: Bryant is a masterful writer and a voice of this generation. His passion and analysis on important topics is unparalleled.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

Not much comfort here, only light.


A wide-ranging and sharp-edged essay collection….Bryant’s informed analyses and righteous anger transform sports into a valuable lens and tool for examining and combatting racism….an incisive cri de coeur.

Publishers Weekly

Howard Bryant’s writing is lucid and purposeful….Sports may be his starting point, but Bryant is attacking capitalist culture and its infiltration into all aspects of our lives, including the games we love to watch to get away from it all.”

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

“To call Full Dissidence fiery would miss the point. Its passion is matched by precision….a stirring tour de force that places important issues of sports in the proper context of their current times and historical precedent, and the result is a book that will be read for years to come as we try to make sense of these chaotic times.

Bomani Jones, co-host, High Noon

Exceptional….Howard’s opinions are not baseless or overreactions but based on facts that confirm every assertion he makes. Full Dissidence is a compelling book.

Joe Dumars, three-time NBA champion, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame

About the Author

Howard Bryant, who writes for and ESPN The Magazine and is a regular on NPR's “Weekend Edition,” is also the author of Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Soul of Major League Baseball and Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston. For information about Howard's tour dates and appearances, go to