Donovan X. Ramsey

Longlist, 2023 National Book Awards

Donovan X. Ramsey is a journalist, author, and an indispensable voice on issues of identity, justice, and patterns of power in America. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, GQ, WSJ Magazine, Ebony, and Essence, among other outlets.
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When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era

ISBN 9780525511809 One World / Penguin Random House

A kaleidoscopic 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 More about this book >

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Donovan X. Ramsey

Donovan X. Ramsey is a journalist, author, and an indispensable voice on issues of identity, justice, and patterns of power in America. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, GQ, WSJ Magazine, Ebony, and Essence, among other outlets. He has been a staff reporter at the Los Angeles Times, NewsOne, and TheGrio. He has served as an editor at The Marshall Project and Complex. Ramsey is the author of When Crack Was King: A People’s History of a Misunderstood Era, a work of narrative nonfiction exploring how Black America survived the crack epidemic. He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he concentrated in magazine journalism, and Morehouse College, a historically black college in Atlanta.

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