Books by Ellis Cose

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2011

"Heavily laced with anecdotes and lengthy quotes from other African-Americans, this report reads more like an accumulation of a journalist's notes than a careful analysis of race relations in present-day America."
Two surveys reveal that among high-achieving African-Americans, there is a new feeling of hope and optimism about race relations in the United States. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2002

"A slender volume with a substantial and significant message."
An African-American Newsweek columnist addresses a candid and compassionate open letter to the black men of America. Read full book review >
THE BEST DEFENSE by Ellis Cose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The result is that rarity, an unpredictable courtroom drama in which disputed facts take a backseat to the issues they raise, and whose leading questions are still hanging when you turn the final page."
Veteran Newsweek editor Cose turns from his distinguished nonfictional studies (Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World, 1997, etc.) to an issues-oriented legal suspenser, with provokingly inconclusive results. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1997

"Unfortunately, most of these essays pay little attention to the book's theme, and several read like annual reports on the state of race relations in America."
Another volume inspired by The Case That Would Not End, which only fitfully addresses its subject: the dilemma that African-Americans face when they must use the authority and responsibility they have obtained in a white-dominated system against members of their own race. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 1997

"A positive contribution of the highest order to America's long struggle against its racial demons. ($85,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
An exceptionally intelligent examination of race as a determining element in American life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

In 1994 Cose alerted us to an important and little-known phenomenon: the rage of the black middle class. Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 1989

Chatty albeit informative profiles of newspaper-based media empires—as Cose (a former president of the Institute for Journalism Education) singles out just five industry giants for detailed attention: Washington Post Co.; the Los Angeles-based Times Mirror Co.; N.Y. Times Co.; Gannett Co.; and Knight-Ridder Inc. Read full book review >