Search Results: "Cornel West"


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RACE MATTERS by Cornel West
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Released: April 29, 1993

"Aiming at accessibility, West perhaps too much curtails his customary intellectual range; but with clear thinking and sensible analysis being in short supply these days, his words are welcome nonetheless."
In essays that challenge the nature of racial discourse in America, the director of Princeton's Afro-American Studies program, professor of religion, and self-described ``intellectual freedom- fighter'' calls for moral regeneration and profound social change. Read full book review >

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BLACK PROPHETIC FIRE by Cornel West
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Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Lively, heated, fighting words—self-serious but never dull."
Keeping the social conscience burning through six different models of African-American leadership. Read full book review >

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Released: April 20, 1998

"A potent presentation that may energize legislators and policymakers to end the 'war' and reassess the needs of families. (Author tour)"
A powerful call for parents to organize and fight back against a society that pays lip service to family values, then abandons mothers and fathers to an economic and political swamp. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"A mixed bag, best for West's typically salty and precise comments throughout. (Author tour)"
West was justly praised for his provocative study Race Matters (1993), an exploration of the nature of racial discourse in contemporary America. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 28, 1993

"West's voice is an important one, but this collection doesn't amplify it in a helpful way."
West is the professor of religion and director of Afro- American studies at Princeton whose short essay collection, Race Matters (p. 216), became a bestseller earlier this year. Read full book review >

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THE CORNEL WEST READER by Cornel West
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Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Skip the introduction and read the rest."
An invaluable introduction to the writings of one our most prominent—and prolific—public intellectuals. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 13, 2004

"West's self-serving account of that affair seems out of place in a polemic on democracy vs. imperialism. But, concrete rather than abstract and full of real emotion ('President Summers had messed with the wrong Negro'), it's the best thing here."
Imperialism bad, democracy good: a lackluster excursion into the realm of the obvious. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1997

A useful if not altogether satisfying anthology regarding the two great minorities, whose relationship sometimes seems mired, in one contributor's felicitous if depressing phrase, in ``confusion, misunderstanding, and ahistoricism.'' Salzman (director, Center for American Culture/Harvard) and West (African-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion/Harvard; Race Matters, 1993, etc.) have brought together about an equal number of black and Jewish scholars in these 21 original essays. Read full book review >

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Released: April 6, 1995

"As a model of candid and civil inter- ethnic dialogue, this book has an importance that transcends its seemingly narrow boundaries."
A conversation between a black and a Jew that cuts to the heart of the troubled relationship between the two peoples. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2000

"Diverting but hardly cutting-edge."
Gates (Identities) and West (Race Matters, 1993, etc.) have compiled over 100 essays of mostly biographical material on some fairly well-known figures in the arts, military life, sports, civil rights, politics, and religion. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A bold political analysis that should inspire public life but, alas, probably will not."
Slim volume, broad implications. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF THE RACE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Released: March 31, 1996

"A useful introduction to important contemporary thinkers and the question that has plagued African-American intellectuals for over 200 years."
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. Read full book review >