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My American Life

From Rage to Entitlement

Price M. Cobbs, M.D., coauthor, with William H. Grier, of Black Rage -- one of the twentieth century's most profound examinations of black life in America -- has been a witness to some of the most important events in American history.
Now, thirty years later, for the first time he reconsiders his extraordinary life and career, offering a moving account of his journey -- as one of the nation's foremost authorities in the field of psychiatry -- from rage to entitlement.
An African American pioneer in the field of psychiatry, Dr. Cobbs in his lifetime has grown up during the Great Depression, felt the dramatic effects of World War II, and witnessed the dismantling of Jim Crow laws and the impact of Brown vs. Board of Education. He watched the rise of Martin Luther King Jr. and the heroism of Rosa Parks in the civil rights movement. He followed the life of Malcolm X and "searched avidly for what animated the ideas beneath his fiery rhetoric." Every experience of his early life and education led to an auspicious partnership with a colleague, William H. Grier, who shared his convictions and the work involved in producing what the New York Times would call "one of the most important books on [blacks]."
Written at the height of the black power movement, Black Rage has sold over one million copies and remains a relevant study of race relations. Dr. Cobbs has lived through decades of profound social, political, and cultural transformation in America. A second-generation doctor, Cobbs has at once written a classic portrait of an amazing family and the making of a healer and community and business leader. As a psychiatrist, he has pioneered methods for studying the psychology of race and gender. So, while My American Life is a heartfelt memoir of a loving father and husband, it is also a chronicle of the black experience in America.

Photo Credit: Sheryl Schinder/Swanda & Schinder Photography

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 five books and numerous articles.

"[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."

-- Publishers Weekly

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