While we aren't allowed to quote from the early excerpts, a Simon & Schuster letter explains that Obama "walks in an impossible political territory where any expression of what he truly feels puts him in jeopardy with one much-needed constituency or another." Steele argues that Obama is in a pickle. With whites, Obama bargains, telling them: "I will not rub America's ugly history of racism in your face if you will not hold my race against me."
To win blacks, the publisher's letter says, Obama must challenge whites on race and demand they back "black-friendly policies." Steele gives examples of who uses the dueling strategies: Oprah Winfrey and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
By Paul Bedard