The Cornel West Reader

The Cornel West Reader
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Civitas Books
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2000-08-14
ISBN 10: 9780465091102
ISBN 13: 0465091105
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cornel West Reader Book Review:

Cornel West is one of the nation's premier public intellectuals and one of the great prophetic voices of our era. Whether he is writing a scholarly book or an article for Newsweek, whether he is speaking of Emerson, Gramsci, or Marvin Gaye, his work radiates a passion that reflects the rich traditions he draws on and weaves togetherÑBaptist preaching, American transcendentalism, jazz, radical politics. This anthology reveals the dazzling range of West's work, from his explorations of ”Prophetic Pragmatism” to his philosophizing on hip-hop.The Cornel West Reader traces the development of West's extraordinary career as academic, public intellectual, and activist. In his essays, articles, books, and interviews, West emerges as America's social conscience, urging attention to complicated issues of racial and economic justice, sexuality and gender, history and politics. This collection represents the best work of an always compelling, often controversial, and absolutely essential philosopher of the modern American experience.

Brother West

Brother West
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2011-01-19
ISBN 10: 1458730026
ISBN 13: 9781458730022
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brother West Book Review:

New York Times best-selling author Cornel West is one of America's most provocative and admired public intellectuals. Whether in the classroom, the streets, the prisons, or the church, Dr. West's penetrating brilliance has been a bright beacon shining through the darkness for decades. Yet, as he points out in this new memoir, ''I've never taken the time to focus on the inner dynamics of the dark precincts of my soul.That is, until now.Brother West is like its author: brilliant, unapologetic, full of passion yet cool. This poignant memoir traces West's transformation from a schoolyard Robin Hood into a progressive cultural icon. From his youthful investigation of the ''death shudder''to why he embraced his calling of teaching over preaching, from his three marriages and his two precious children to his near-fatal bout with prostate cancer, West illuminates what it means to live as ''an aspiring bluesman in a world of ideas and a jazzman in the life of the mind.''Woven together with the fibers of his lifelong commitment to the prophetic Christian tradition that began in Sacramento's Shiloh Baptist Church, Brother West is a tale of a man courageous enough to be fully human, living and loving out loud.

The American Evasion of Philosophy

The American Evasion of Philosophy
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 279
Release: 1989-12-01
ISBN 10: 1349204153
ISBN 13: 9781349204151
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The American Evasion of Philosophy Book Review:

A study of American pragmatism, this book looks at all the different stages from the Emersonian roots, through the dilemma of the mid-century pragmatic intellectual up to the decline and resurgence of American pragmatism. It also discusses prophetic pragmatism.

Democracy Matters

Democracy Matters
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2005-08-30
ISBN 10: 1101655860
ISBN 13: 9781101655863
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy Matters Book Review:

In his major bestseller, Race Matters, philosopher Cornel West burst onto the national scene with his searing analysis of the scars of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, still in print after ten years, having sold more than four hundred thousand copies. A mesmerizing speaker with a host of fervidly devoted fans, West gives as many as one hundred public lectures a year and appears regularly on radio and television. Praised by The New York Times for his "ferocious moral vision" and hailed by Newsweek as "an elegant prophet with attitude," he bridges the gap between black and white opinion about the country's problems. In Democracy Matters, West returns to the analysis of the arrested development of democracy-both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. In a strikingly original diagnosis, he argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy. Both our failure to foster peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the crisis of Islamist anti-Americanism stem largely from hypocrisies in our dealings with the world. Racism and imperial expansionism have gone hand in hand in our country's inexorable drive toward hegemony, and our current militarism is only the latest expression of that drive. Even as we are shocked by Islamic fundamentalism, our own brand of fundamentalism, which West dubs Constantinian Christianity, has joined forces with imperialist corporate and political elites in an unholy alliance, and four decades after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., insidious racism still inflicts debilitating psychic pain on so many of our citizens. But there is a deep democratic tradition in America of impassioned commitment to the fight against imperialist corruptions-the last great expression of which was the civil rights movement led by Dr. King-and West brings forth the powerful voices of that great democratizing tradition in a brilliant and deeply moving call for the revival of our better democratic nature. His impassioned and provocative argument for the revitalization of America's democracy will reshape the terms of the raging national debate about America's role in today's troubled world.

Race Matters

Race Matters
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 0807008834
ISBN 13: 9780807008836
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Race Matters Book Review:

Race Matters contains West s most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X. And the insights that he brings to these complicated problems remain fresh, exciting, creative, and compassionate.

Cornel West and Philosophy

Cornel West and Philosophy
Author: Clarence Johnson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2014-05-01
ISBN 10: 113472781X
ISBN 13: 9781134727810
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cornel West and Philosophy Book Review:

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Prophesy Deliverance

Prophesy Deliverance
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 185
Release: 2002-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780664223434
ISBN 13: 0664223435
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Prophesy Deliverance Book Review:

In this, his premiere work, Cornel West provides readers with a new understanding of the African American experience based largely on his own political and cultural perspectives borne out of his own life's experiences. He challenges African Americans to consider the incorporation of Marxism into their theological perspectives, thereby adopting the mindset that it is class more so than race that renders one powerless in America. Armed with a new introduction by the author, this Twentieth Anniversary Edition of Prophesy Deliverance! is a must have.

Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought

Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 183
Release: 1991
ISBN 10: 0853458189
ISBN 13: 9780853458180
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought Book Review:

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Black Prophetic Fire

Black Prophetic Fire
Author: Cornel West,Christa Buschendorf
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN 10: 0807003530
ISBN 13: 9780807003534
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Prophetic Fire Book Review:

An unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. In dialogue with Buschendorf, West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines. West, in these illuminating conversations with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf, describes Douglass as a complex man who is both “the towering Black freedom fighter of the nineteenth century” and a product of his time who lost sight of the fight for civil rights after the emancipation. He calls Du Bois “undeniably the most important Black intellectual of the twentieth century” and explores the more radical aspects of his thinking in order to understand his uncompromising critique of the United States, which has been omitted from the American collective memory. West argues that our selective memory has sanitized and even “Santaclausified” Martin Luther King Jr., rendering him less radical, and has marginalized Ella Baker, who embodies the grassroots organizing of the civil rights movement. The controversial Malcolm X, who is often seen as a proponent of reverse racism, hatred, and violence, has been demonized in a false opposition with King, while the appeal of his rhetoric and sincerity to students has been sidelined. Ida B. Wells, West argues, shares Malcolm X’s radical spirit and fearless speech, but has “often become the victim of public amnesia.” By providing new insights that humanize all of these well-known figures, in the engrossing dialogue with Buschendorf, and in his insightful introduction and powerful closing essay, Cornel West takes an important step in rekindling the Black prophetic fire so essential in the age of Obama.

Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread
Author: bell hooks,Cornel West
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2016-11-10
ISBN 10: 1315437074
ISBN 13: 9781315437071
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Breaking Bread Book Review:

In this provocative and captivating dialogue, bell hooks and Cornel West come together to discuss the dilemmas, contradictions, and joys of Black intellectual life. The two friends and comrades in struggle talk, argue, and disagree about everything from community to capitalism in a series of intimate conversations that range from playful to probing to revelatory. In evoking the act of breaking bread, the book calls upon the various traditions of sharing that take place in domestic, secular, and sacred life where people come together to give themselves, to nurture life, to renew their spirits, sustain their hopes, and to make a lived politics of revolutionary struggle an ongoing practice. This 25th anniversary edition continues the dialogue with "In Solidarity," their 2016 conversation at the bell hooks Institute on racism, politics, popular culture and the contemporary Black experience.

Race Matters

Race Matters
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 108
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780807009727
ISBN 13: 0807009725
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Race Matters Book Review:

First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, Race Matters has since become an American classic. Beacon Press is proud to present this hardcover edition with a new introduction by Cornel West. The issues that it addresses are as controversial and urgent as before, and West's insights remain fresh, exciting, and timely. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans—one that will help us build a genuine multiracial democracy.

The Radical King

The Radical King
Author: Martin Luther King (Jr.)
Publsiher: King Legacy (Hardcover)
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 0807012823
ISBN 13: 9780807012826
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Radical King Book Review:

Collects twenty-three selections of Dr. King's speeches that illustrate his revolutionary vision, highlighting his identification with the poor, his opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism.

Cornel West and Philosophy

Cornel West and Philosophy
Author: Clarence Johnson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2014-05-01
ISBN 10: 1134727747
ISBN 13: 9781134727742
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cornel West and Philosophy Book Review:

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2012-11-12
ISBN 10: 113507061X
ISBN 13: 9781135070618
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Keeping Faith Book Review:

'The sheer range of West's interests and insights is staggering and exemplary: he appears equally comfortable talking about literature, ethics, art, jurisprudence, religion, and popular-cultural forms.' - Artforum Keeping Faith is a rich, moving and deeply personal collection of essays from one of the leading African American intellectuals of our age. Drawing upon the traditions of Western philosophy and modernity, Cornel West critiques structures of power and oppression as they operate within American society and provides a way of thinking about human dignity and difference afresh. Impressive in its scope, West confidently and deftly explores the politics and philosophy of America, the role of the black intellectual, legal theory and the future of liberal thought, and the fate of African Americans. A celebration of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans, Keeping Faith is a petition to hope and a call to faith in the redemptive power of the human spirit.

The Rich and the Rest of Us

The Rich and the Rest of Us
Author: Tavis Smiley,Cornel West
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2012-04-17
ISBN 10: 1401940641
ISBN 13: 9781401940645
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rich and the Rest of Us Book Review:

Record unemployment and rampant corporate avarice, empty houses but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in an increasingly paralyzed nation—these are the realities of 21st-century America, land of the free and home of the new middle class poor. Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West, one of the nation’s leading democratic intellectuals, co-hosts of Public Radio’s Smiley & West, now take on the "P" word—poverty. The Rich and the Rest of Us is the next step in the journey that began with "The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience." Smiley and West’s 18-city bus tour gave voice to the plight of impoverished Americans of all races, colors, and creeds. With 150 million Americans persistently poor or near poor, the highest numbers in over five decades, Smiley and West argue that now is the time to confront the underlying conditions of systemic poverty in America before it’s too late. By placing the eradication of poverty in the context of the nation’s greatest moments of social transformation— such as the abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage, and the labor and civil rights movements—ending poverty is sure to emerge as America’s 21st‑century civil rights struggle. As the middle class disappears and the safety net is shredded, Smiley and West, building on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., ask us to confront our fear and complacency with 12 poverty changing ideas. They challenge us to re-examine our assumptions about poverty in America—what it really is and how to eliminate it now.

Black Prophetic Fire

Black Prophetic Fire
Author: Cornel West,Christa Buschendorf
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 0807018104
ISBN 13: 9780807018101
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Prophetic Fire Book Review:

"Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines. West finds that Douglass and, to some extent, Du Bois fall short of the high standards he holds them to, while King has been sanitized and even 'Santaclausified,' rendering him less radical. By providing new insights that humanize all of these well-known figures, West takes an important step in rekindling the Black prophetic fire so essential in the age of Obama"

Hope on a Tightrope

Hope on a Tightrope
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 237
Release: 2008-10-15
ISBN 10: 1401923607
ISBN 13: 9781401923600
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hope on a Tightrope Book Review:

The New York Times best-selling author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters offers open-hearted wisdom for our times in this courageous collection of quotations, speech excerpts, letters, philosophy, and photographs that reflect the profound humanity that fuels the passionate public intellectual. In a world that seesaws between unconditional love and acceptance and blind hatred and exclusion, Hope on a Tightrope will satisfy readers in search of deep wells of inspiration and challenge that marries the mind to the heart. CD NOT INCLUDED.

Composition and Cornel West

Composition and Cornel West
Author: Keith Gilyard
Publsiher: SIU Press
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2008-05-05
ISBN 10: 9780809328543
ISBN 13: 0809328542
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Composition and Cornel West Book Review:

Composition and Cornel West: Notes toward a Deep Democracy identifies and explains key aspects of the work of Cornel West—the highly regarded scholar of religion, philosophy, and African American studies—as they relate to composition studies, focusing especially on three rhetorical strategies that West suggests we use in our questioning lives as scholars, teachers, students, and citizens. In this study, author Keith Gilyard examines the strategies of Socratic Commitment (a relentless examination of received wisdom), Prophetic Witness (an abiding concern with justice and the plight of the oppressed), and Tragicomic Hope (a keep-on-pushing sensibility reflective of the African American freedom struggle). Together, these rhetorical strategies comprise an updated form of cultural criticism that West calls prophetic pragmatism. This volume, which contains the only interview in which Cornel West directly addresses the field of composition,sketches the development of Cornel West’s theories of philosophy, political science, religion, and cultural studies and restates the link between Deweyan notions of critical intelligence and the notion of critical literacy developed by Ann Berthoff, Ira Shor, and Henry Giroux. Gilyard provides examples from the classroom to illustrate the possibilities of Socratic Commitment as part of composition pedagogy, shows the alignment of Prophetic Witness with traditional aims of critical composition, and in his chapter on Tragicomic Hope, addresses African American expressive culture with an emphasis on music and artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Kanye West. The first book to comprehensively connect the ideas of one of America's premier scholars of religion, philosophy and African American studies with composition theory and pedagogy, Composition and Cornel West will be valuable to scholars, teachers, and students interested in race, class, critical literacy, and the teaching of writing.

Restoring Hope

Restoring Hope
Author: Cornel West
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 226
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780807009437
ISBN 13: 0807009431
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Restoring Hope Book Review:

Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Bill Bradley, Wynton Marsalis, and others share their experiences and hopes for black America with the bestselling author of "Race Matters".

The Future of the Race

The Future of the Race
Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,Cornel West
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-07-20
ISBN 10: 030776494X
ISBN 13: 9780307764942
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future of the Race Book Review:

Almost one-hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed the notion of the "talented tenth," an African American elite that would serve as leaders and models for the larger black community. In this unprecedented collaboration, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West--two of Du Bois's most prominent intellectual descendants--reassess that relationship and its implications for the future of black Americans. If the 1990s are the best of times for the heirs of the Talented Tenth, they are unquestionably worse for the growing black underclass. As they examine the origins of this widening gulf and propose solutions for it, Gates and West combine memoir and biography, social analysis and cultural survey into a book that is incisive and compassionate, cautionary and deeply stirring. "Today's most public African American intellectual voices...West and Gates have made a valuable contribution."--Julian Bond, Philadelphia Inquirer "Brilliant...a social, cultural and political blueprint...that attempts to illumine the future path for blacks and American democracy."--New York Daily News "Henry Louis Gates., Jr., and Cornel West are among the most renowned American intellectuals of our time."--New York Times Book Review