Joe Bentivegna’s newest book, “Respect” is a Bonfire of the Vanities for the 21st century. A taut, gritty plot line underscores a sweeping narrative about our societal institutions. With deep insight and humor, Bentivegna lays bare the fragile foundations that keep us civilized in a digital age. I found it difficult to put down this thought provoking page turner.
Billionaire African American Cord Campbell has just picked up his parents from the airport and is driving through Connecticut when he detours through a tiny suburb to avoid traffic. But the local politicians have instructed the police to keep the pigmented people out of the area and pull him over for DWB (driving while black.)