Rick Smolan: The Good Fight: America’s Ongoing Struggle for Justice

From the creator of the bestselling Day in the Life series comes an extraordinary illustrated book showing how much progress has been made in America over the last 100 years against hatred, bigotry, racism, and injustice—and how much more work remains to be done. 

The Good Fight vividly depicts the human face of America's sporadically violent, often triumphant, always risky struggle to fulfill the promise of freedom and equality for all. Fought in the streets, the courthouse, and the corridors of Congress, it is a story that has become America's own morality play, illustrated here through more than 180 memorable photographs, nearly 60 embedded videos, over a dozen compelling essays plus examples of music and lyrics that rallied America's resistance to injustice. For those who wish to eradicate bigotry and intolerance in America, The Good Fight is a call to action. It shows us how much we as a nation have accomplished; it also reminds us of the fragility of our success and how quickly this hard-fought progress can slip away if we do not remain vigilant.

In addition, The Good Fight features a smartphone app (THE GOOD FIGHT VIEWER) that enables readers to point their smartphones or tablets at over 60 photos to immediately stream online video clips, including TED Talks, that vividly bring each story to life.

This timely book captures the struggles—and the successes—experienced by women, African Americans, Native Americans, Jews, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, Latinos, Asian Americans, and the disabled. Along with the eloquent images and graphics, The Good Fight includes short guest essays from individuals representing each group. The writers include:

  • George Takei, Star Trek television and film star
  • Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times
  • Todd Brewster, award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and historian
  • Bryan Stevenson, bestselling author and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative
  • Cleve Jones, best-selling author and creator of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
  • Jonathan Broder, award-winning journalist, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, NPR and Newsweek
  • Ray Suarez, best-selling author and former correspondent for PBS NewsHour and NPR’s Talk of the Nation
  • Charles Ramsey, former DC Police Chief and President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
  • Aimee Mullins, actress and Paralympics world-record holder
  • Zak Ebrahim, bestselling author and speaker on nonviolence
  • Wajahat Ali, New York Times columnist and creative director of Affinis Labs
  • Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards
  • Mat Johnson, bestselling author and recipient of the United States Artists James Baldwin Fellowship
  • Richard Bernstein, bestselling author, former Time Bureau Chief and New York Timescorrespondent
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