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"Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime is a timely and important volume for anyone who— scholar or citizen—wishes to understand the calamity of our neoliberal, casino financial system and the outlook for true democracy in the U.S. today. Though born of a very particular historical moment, the volume will be of enduring significance for the snapshot it gives of the state of the art in American Studies. Here is interdisciplinary, politically committed scholarship in full blossom—as significant for its moment as a volume like Kaplan and Pease's Cultures of U.S. Imperialism was for its own."

"The brutal and persistent reach of financialization is now self-evident: from the ravages of Greece and Spain to foreclosed homes in California to microfinance suicides in India. This book is a brilliant intervention in how we understand the global economy, for it reveals the the imperial histories and racial geographies of such dispossession. Most important, Chakravartty and Ferreira da Silva have made postcolonial theory vitally relevant for the analysis of what too often passes under the moniker of neoliberalism."

"The subprime, bearer of blemished credit, embodies race under the sign of finance. The regimes of risk that inhabit states, cities, homes and screens invite a glut of debt and an unruly discipline. We learn this and so much more from the arresting analyses assembled in this volume. The critical knowledge gained counters the moralism that has provided an alibi for the violence of empire and a corrective to the failure of vision that could not see what was coming. This book is a wager on a future that we must repossess."