Book cover of Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream by Mychal Denzel Smithby Mychal Denzel Smith

Winner of the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction

Brave, clear-eyed, and passionate, Stakes Is High is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future.

The events of the past decade have forced us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. We have been invested in a set of beliefs about our American identity: our exceptionalism, the inevitable rightness of our path, the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. But in Stakes Is High, Mychal Denzel Smith confronts the shortcomings of these stories — and with the American Dream itself — and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize.

Interview with the Author

Coffee and Books
Mychal Denzel Smith breaks down his book; “Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream”
9/28/20         55 min


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Ep. 166 Who DO We We Want to Be with Mychal Denzel Smith
6/2/21         69 min


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Episode QS27: Mychal Denzel Smith + Brit Bennett
11/27/20          60 min


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