Book cover of When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era by Donovan X. Ramseyby Donovan X. Ramsey

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • A “vivid and frank” (NPR) account of the crack cocaine era and a community’s ultimate resilience, told through a cast of characters whose lives illuminate the dramatic rise and fall of the epidemic
“A master class in disrupting a stubborn narrative, a monumental feat for the fraught subject of addiction in Black communities.”—The Washington Post

“A poignant and compelling re-examination of a tragic era in America history . . . insightful . . . and deeply moving.”—Bryan Stevenson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy

Interview with the Author

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Ep. 276 How We Keep Each Other Alive with Donovan X. Ramsey
7/19/23          63 min

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Episode 215: Donovan X. Ramsey
7/27/23          38 min

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‘When Crack Was King’ chronicles the misunderstood history of the crack epidemic
7/19/23          9 min

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Episode 541: Donovan X. Ramsey
7/12/23          53 min

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Donovan X. Ramsey, “When Crack Was King: A People’s History of a Misunderstood Era” (One World, 2023)
8/12/23           25 min

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