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Let It Bang

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   4.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/23/2018

Let It Bang

A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684414147
Digital Download ISBN:9781684414154


Let It Bang is an utterly original look at American gun culture from the inside, and from the other side—and, most movingly, the story of a young black man's hard-won nonviolent path to self-protection.

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The most RJ Young knew about guns was that they could get him killed. Until, recently married to a white woman and in desperate need of a way to relate to his gun-loving father-in-law, Charles, Young does the unimaginable: he accepts Charles's gift of a Glock.

Despite, or because of, the racial rage and fear he experiences among white gun owners ("Ain't you supposed to be shooting a basketball?"), Young determines to get good, really good, with a gun. Let It Bang is the compelling story of the author's unexpected obsession—he eventually becomes an NRA-certified pistol instructor—and of his deep dive into the heart of America's gun culture: what he sees as the domino effect of white fear, white violence, black fear, rinse, repeat. Young’s original reporting on shadow industries like US Law Shield, which insures and defends people who report having shot someone in self-defense, and on the newly formed National African American Gun Association, gives powerful insight into the dynamic. Through indelible profiles, Young brings us up to the current rocketing rise in gun ownership among black Americans, most notably women.


“Honest and heartbreaking, Young’s raw account of being a black gun owner in America will mesmerize readers.” —Publisher's Weekly

“This audiobook is an amazing piece of work. Narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies's delivery could only have been made better with snippets of the punk songs that inspired a generation to defy the tyranny of the East Berlin regime in the 1980s. Davies provides a sincere narration.” —AudioFile

Author Bio

RJ Young is a black writer whose work has appeared in Grantland, Racialicious, the Oklahoman, This Land Press, Knoxville News Sentinel, Tulsa World, USA Today, and other publications. He is a graduate of the Sports Journalism Institute and was a finalist in the sports reporting category in the 2014 Great Plains Journalism Awards.