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Title:
Love in black and white : a memoir of race, religion, and romance
ISBN:
9780742558212
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers : Distributed by National Book Network, c2007.
Physical Description:
xiii, 373 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents:
A Capitol idea -- Hancock Street -- Up south -- Shamrock and a dreidel -- Lockefield Gardens -- Destination unknown -- Hoops and dreams -- Law school and other maladies -- The windy city -- Law and politics -- Bean Town and busing -- Impeachment -- A doctor in the house -- The rest of the bastards -- Of polo and poetry -- Color codes -- Who's coming to dinner? -- The darndest things -- Lucky and Lucy -- POTUS -- Doubtless -- First lady of the Pentagon -- Song of songs.
Summary:
In a world where it was commonplace to see signs that read "whites only" or "Jews not allowed, " William Cohen was born in Bangor, Maine, the eldest son of a Jewish father and a Protestant Irish mother. Janet Langhart, an African-American, was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana by her single parent mother, a Southern Baptist. These two people, from different regions, races, and religions, are both witnesses to and targets of the social tensions of the day. Their stories are rich and profound; at times they are amusing, at others harrowing. Bill would be elected to serve his country as a U.S. Congressman and Senator, and Janet would become a prominent television personality, activist, and highly respected businesswoman and author. Opposites in so many ways--in color, faith and culture--seemingly a bundle of contradictions, they meet in 1974, become friends, and eventually marry in 1996, in the U.S. Capitol.--From publisher description.
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Streaming Video on Love In Black & White now available at Expandedbooks.com Most Americans regard the World War II period as belonging to the "greatest generation," but it was also a time when religious intolerance and racial violence flourished. Shamefully, it was commonplace to see signs that read "Whites Only" or "Jews Not Allowed." It is within this world that this compelling memoir is set. William Cohen, born in Bangor, Maine, was the eldest son of a Jewish father and a Protestant Irish mother. Janet Langhart, an African-American, was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana by her single parent mother, a Southern Baptist. The book draws fascinating parallels between the histories of two people from different regions, races, and religions, as both are witnesses to and targets of the social tensions of the day. Throughout Love in Black and White, readers accompany Bill and Janet in their struggle to overcome to the barriers of ethnic and racial bigotry and hatred. The stories are rich and profound. At times they are amusing. Other times, harrowing. Against impossible odds, Bill would be elected to serve his country as a U.S. Congressman and Senator, and Janet would become a prominent television personality, activist, and highly respected businesswoman and author. Opposites in so many ways--in color, faith and culture--seemingly a bundle of contradictions, they meet in 1974, become friends, and eventually fall in love. They decide to marry on Valentine's Day 1996 in the very place that once harbored some of the nation's most prominent racists-the U.S. Capitol. They receive the surprise of a lifetime when Bill is asked by President Bill Clinton to serve as the nation's 20th Secretary of Defense. It is a calling that proves to be life transforming for both him and Janet, as they lead, inspire and bring comfort to the men and women who defend our nation. It is at the Pentagon where they witness just how powerful our nation ca


Author Notes

William S. Cohen is a former Secretary of Defense (1997-2001), U.S. Senator (1979-1997), and U.S. Congressman (1973-1979). He is currently the Chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group. He is the author of ten previous books-four nonfiction, four novels, and two books of poetry. Janet Langhart Cohen is a former model and television journalist. She is currently the CEO of Langhart Communications and President of The Citizen's Patriot Organization. She is the author of From Rage To Reason: My Life In Two Americas (2004).


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Cohen, born and raised in Bangor, Maine, was the son of a Jewish father and Protestant Irish mother. Janet Langhart, an African American, was raised in Indianapolis by a Southern Baptist single mother. He was eventually elected Republican U.S. senator from Maine, and she rose to a career as a television personality. They met each other in 1974 and married in the Capitol building on Valentine's Day in 1996. Cohen ponders the fact that 50 years earlier such an act would have been illegal. In this personal look at changes in attitude on race and interracial romance, Cohen intertwines his story and that of his wife, recalling racial and ethnic prejudices they overcame individually and animosity they have occasionally faced as a couple. This is an inspiring story of two high-profile people (he served as secretary of defense under President Clinton and she as First Lady of the Pentagon) of different racial and religious backgrounds who managed to overcome the long and troubled history of race and romance in the U.S. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2007 Booklist