Books by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

THE HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. READER by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2012

"A meaty selection from Gates' large-bodied work."
Omnibus of writings on race discourse and genealogy over three decades by the eminent Harvard professor. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"A striking, comprehensive guide to the breadth and depth of African-American history."
A distinguished scholar surveys, with lavish illustrations, 500 years of the African-American experience. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"While the personal discoveries provide human interest in a sometimes tedious recitation of genealogical information and technical genetic data, it is the broader sweep of history and the causes and ramifications of human migrations that engage the reader and give the book its impact."
The complex immigrant story of the United States viewed through extensive genetic and genealogical research into the backgrounds of 12 ethnically diverse, famous Americans. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"Bright, inquisitive take on the multifarious murky stories and relationships that make up the history of a dispossessed people."
Chatty companion volume to the landmark PBS documentary African American Lives. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2004

"Provocative and worthwhile."
The readable companion, in the oral-history tradition of Studs Terkel, to the PBS documentary series, peeking behind the veil "that still, far too often, separates black America from white." Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF THE RACE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 1996

Two of our most prominent and eloquent black intellectuals confront the challenge of W.E.B. DuBois and the notion of the ``Talented Tenth'' as it applies to themselves and other African-American thinkers at the end of the 20th century. In a 1903 essay, DuBois outlined what he saw as the responsibility of the most fortunate, gifted, and successful minds in the black community to ``uplift the race.'' Over 90 years later, Gates (Colored People, 1994, etc.) and West (Race Matters, 1993, etc.) are perhaps the embodiment of that exalted group. Read full book review >