Search Results: "Henry Louis Gates"


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THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACK MAN by Henry Louis Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Thus, it's not the riddle of the title that finally counts as much as the 13 times 13 questions that Gates raises through these men: questions about interconnections and separations, to be addressed not just by other black men but by all Americans."
One of America's leading African-American intellectuals conducts conversations on blackness with famous black men. Read full book review >

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100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"It will not be necessary for readers to tackle this book from front to back; it rewards dipping into occasionally, as Gates sometimes surprises, sometimes intrigues, and rarely disappoints."
A collection of vignettes about the black experience in the United States and around the globe. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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LOOSE CANONS by Henry Louis Gates
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1992

"Ironically, Gates's attempt to broaden the audience for the excluded fails for the simplest of reasons: It is written in narrowly constricting academic jargon."
A distinguished scholar fires his salvo in the Battle of the Books now raging in academe over opening core curricula to non- Western works by women and people of color. Read full book review >

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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 >

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FINDING YOUR ROOTS by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Primarily of interest to avid genealogy buffs."
The latest from redoubtable historian Gates (African-American Research/Harvard Univ.; Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008, 2011, etc.) is not, despite the title, about finding your roots. A companion text to the popular PBS series, and following his similar Faces of America (2010), it's about finding the roots of 25 American notables of diverse ethnicity. Read full book review >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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COLORED PEOPLE by Henry Louis Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1994

"Gates left West Virginia for Yale and a meteoric career; the worlds he has seen since should someday make a terrific sequel."
One of the country's top black scholars offers a tender memoir of his youth in a West Virginia paper mill town in the 1950s and '60s. 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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AND STILL I RISE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A must for the look-it-up shelf and a poignant reminder of how far we have come—and have yet to go."
A stirring chronology of advances—and some backward steps—in the long struggle for African-American civil rights. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF THE RACE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
NON-FICTION
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 >