This Is the Fire - Don Lemon

This Is the Fire

By Don Lemon

  • Release Date: 2021-03-16
  • Genre: Public Administration
Score: 4
From 71 Ratings


In this ‘vital book for these times’ (Kirkus Reviews), Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes?
The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is more popular than ever. As America’s only Black prime-time anchor, Lemon and his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures of the Trump administration and of so many of our leaders, and on America’s systemic flaws speak for his millions of fans. Now, in an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do to begin to fix them.

Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, he proceeds with reporting and reflections on his slave ancestors, his upbringing in the shadows of segregation, and his adult confrontations with politicians, activists, and scholars. In doing so, Lemon offers a searing and poetic ultimatum to America. He visits the slave port where a direct ancestor was shackled and shipped to America. He recalls a slave uprising in Louisiana, just a few miles from his birthplace. And he takes us to the heart of the 2020 protests in New York City. As he writes to his young nephew: We must resist racism every single day. We must resist it with love.


  • Thinly veiled reverse racism and distain for historical truths. Sorry

    By Lblanchardw
    Do not waste your time or money much better work to read out there.
  • Yeah. This is trash

    By Sparty151
    Don is not so keen about how he embodies racism. His show is almost as bad as this book. He’s always race bailing.
  • 5 stars

    By Andersson 🤔
    Very insightful and thought provoking! I can’t recommend enough.