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Josh Levin is the national editor at Slate and the host of the sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. He previously worked at the Washington City Paper and has written for Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, GQ, and Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine. He was born and raised in New Orleans and is a vis mere graduate of Brown University. He lives in Washington, DC. vis mindre

Værker af Josh Levin

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth (2019) 167 eksemplarer, 9 anmeldelser

Associated Works

Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History (2018) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser

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In the 70s Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan began telling a story about a welfare queen out of Chicago who drove Cadillacs and scammed the system. The story he told was true, her name was Linda Taylor who could look white, African American, or Hispanic with a change of a wig.

The issue was Reagan kept enhancing this story and began painting a whole race (using dog whistles) as welfare recipients who were lazy and scamming the system.

This great book shares two stories- Linda Taylor we had several aliases and did indeed scam a system even to the point of murder.

The other story is Reagan’s story as he moved from governor to President by criticizing the welfare system while using and popularizing the idea of the welfare queen to encourage systemic racism.

I really loved this as Linda’s story is fascinating, but it was the first real negative picture of the Reagan Presidency in a long time. Some how he has become a sainted President, but he had some whammies.
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Nerdyrev1 | 8 andre anmeldelser | Nov 23, 2022 |
If you grew up in the US in the 1970s, you may remember Ronald Reagan’s first run for the presidency in 1976, during which he frequently referred to a “welfare queen” living in Chicago, who gamed the system such that she had numerous houses, cars, fur coats, etc., etc., all the proceeds of fraud on the federal welfare system. Well, “The Queen” is that woman’s story - going by the name Linda Taylor, she actually had some 10 or 12 aliases, not to mention numerous birth dates, parents, children, husbands, living situations and races. In reality, she was born in 1926 in the US South, the product of a white woman and black man (whose sexual union was literally illegal at the time). Because of her mixed race, her family largely rejected her, and she grew up all over the southern part of the country, with various family and non-family members and very little (if any) education. Her life of crime began long before the 1970s, when she was identified and prosecuted as a welfare cheat, charges that eventually led to her incarceration for a little over two years; but she may also have been a kidnapper, a bigamist, an “ordinary” thief (of other peoples’ property) and, not least, a murderer. Journalist Josh Levin has waded through thousands of documents, all meticulously laid out in the notes and bibliography sections of this book - indeed, in my Kindle edition I discovered that I still had some 20% of the book left to read when the story was done, that last 20% of the volume being devoted to sources and thank-yous. A really fascinating tale, rather heartbreaking when you think about this woman’s life, utterly impoverished in terms of human contact, love and acceptance - no wonder she felt entitled to take what she wanted, as she’d been deprived of so much. Recommended.… (mere)
thefirstalicat | 8 andre anmeldelser | May 31, 2021 |
Interesting but not at all what I was trying to read.
amoderndaybelle | 8 andre anmeldelser | May 27, 2021 |



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