At just 31 years old, Casey Gerald is already an electrifying presence in the world. His TED Talk, “The Gospel of Doubt,” has been viewed 1.8 million times, his Harvard Business School commencement speech went viral, he opened for Barack Obama at South by Southwest, and Fast Company declared him one of the “Most Creative People in Business.” Now in his meteoric first book—THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE (release date October 2, 2018)—Gerald sets forth in a bold new direction as a pathfinder for a generation coming of age during increasingly broken times.
With mesmerizing language, Gerald takes readers through his journey, a journey that powerfully shows “the incredible price that must be paid to be free.” THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE is a singular coming-of-age story, one that straddles the complex intersection of race, class, religion, queer sexuality and masculinity. On the surface, it is a classic rags-to-riches narrative: poor boy from inner city Dallas gets recruited by Yale to play football, and makes it to Harvard Business School, Wall Street, Washington and beyond. But Gerald splinters the myths of the American Dream and illuminates the stark reality of American inequality. He delves into questions central to this national moment: how do we achieve success outside of a superstructure designed to suppress us? How do we rescue each other from suffering and heal from trauma without forsaking our identities? At a time when so many of us are losing faith in American institutions and reckoning with systematic injustice, Gerald brings a human and profoundly intimate voice to this collective anger and growing disillusionment.
Incantatory, with bracing humor infusing Gerald’s inimitable storytelling, THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE is a groundbreaking book that resists categorization. It is a deeply personal memoir, an absorbing meditation, an incisive manifesto. At its heart, it is a book about how every person deserves to define and hold onto their own humanity. Gerald’s story shows how violently this world silences people, how power turns people into puppets, how complicit we are in the construction of an American narrative that narrows so many lives down to nothing.
As Gerald writes, “I have come with urgent news: we must find another mountain, if not another world, to call our own.” THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE breaks apart the lies we are given as truth and suggests how we might build a new foundation strong enough to sustain the richness of all that we are.