An important, electrifying memoir of race and rage, rebellion, and redemption, from one of the most preeminent minds in American psychiatry.
Medical professional, corporate consultant, freedom fighter, family man—Dr. Cobbs is diversity defined. A black pioneer in the field of psychiatry who came of age in the Civil Rights era, Dr. Cobbs has devoted his life to the study of race and gender. With My American Life, his first memoir, Dr. Cobbs picks up where the bestseller Black Rage left off by presenting a poignant account of his own journey toward Entitlement—the essential vision of the American dream.
"In my lifetime," he writes, "I've seen African Americans struggle beyond the legacy of slavery and rage to take their place as equal citizens entitled to the same opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else." This fundamental legitimacy of laying claim to one's needs is at the heart of My American Life. More than just a memoir, it is an engaging chronicle of the black experience and a guidebook for self-empowerment.
Price Cobbs, MD, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the field of psychiatry, specializing in African American issues. Cobbs is also a corporate management consultant who owns and runs his own consulting firm. He is a highly sought lecturer on issues of psychiatry and corporate management. Cobbs received his BA from UC Berkeley and his MD from MeHarry Medical College. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the NAACP, and the Urban League. Cobbs is the author of numerous articles, as well as four books, Black Rage, Cracking the Corporate Code, My American Life, and The Survival of R & D in American Industry.
"[Cobbs's] commitment to engaging the manifestations of racial rage in all its myriad forms entitles him to that ultimate compliment: He is truly 'a race man.'"
-- Derrick Bell, author of Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth
"In the same carefully wrought prose that attended his magnum opus, [Black Rage], Cobbs dissects his odyssey, probing the facts of his life as though he was the patient. His examined life is not only worth living, it's worth telling."
-- Herb Boyd, author of We Shall Overcome and Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson
"[A] help, an inspiration, and a joy."
-- Jay Harris, President and Publisher of Mother Jones
"A nuanced portrait of mid-twentieth-century racial consciousness."