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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (852 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornel West Narrator: Cornel West Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9780786558582
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/19/2014

    " Think I really like about Dr. West is that he is the perfect dialectic of fierce critic and mediator. It's easy to be one or the other: "here's a list of what's wrong and who's responsible..." or "everyone should live in perfect, color-blind harmony!" but difficult to straddle both with intelligence and conviction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alma | 2/14/2014

    " Professor West is a bright man. His book is worth the read if one wants to get a good perspective on the country's current issues with youth and their importance to this country's progress. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice | 2/11/2014

    " West is a modern day prophet with the courage to speak the truth this age needs to hear! And it takes courage to speak his brand of truth. This book sits on my desk at work as a reminder of what I value and what is real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Däv | 1/26/2014

    " Cornell West is probably one of the most brilliant african-american white liberals in the country... even the elements of this overview of the current state of american democracy which still elicit a knee-jerk response from the sublimated radical in me are brilliantly expounded upon in such a way as to make even me give them at least a slight modicum of credence... a must read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Witherspoon | 1/12/2014

    " An excellent book. Ranty? Yes. Flighty? Yes. I presume his goal is to light a curiosity to explore the wealth of knowledge & topics he touched on and reference. Understand knowledge like wealth are to be sought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/2/2014

    " Best most penetrating book on American fiber I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Thomas | 12/18/2013

    " don't even get me started aon this book just yet. even though i gave it 4 stars, i am critical of most of what the man had to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/16/2013

    " Expand the vision of what is usually presented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dirk | 12/9/2013

    " Another look at the destruction of democracy in America, imperial arrogance and a call to the people to save it before it is too late. I liked it but I think it is already too late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 11/23/2013

    " Tragicomic hope, prophetic witness, Socratic questioning. Leads me to Dr. King. Reminds of Jacob Needleman's "The American Soul" with its focus on the faithful basis of American government. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexi | 11/22/2013

    " this book can die "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Orndorff | 3/14/2013

    " Careful examination of the democratic tradition "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doni | 10/2/2012

    " I really love this book, it just takes me a while to read it, and re-read it. I just love his arguments for the state of our current political climate. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Brown | 6/19/2012

    " I think this book could've been really interesting and thoughtful, but I found it very repetitive. The first five pages of every chapter kept my attention, but then I started to drift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 5/31/2012

    " Fantastic audio book. will incorporate in my research. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Payton | 3/15/2012

    " Great beacon of knowledge, but a very touch read to stick with due to excessive prof jargon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mfalco65 | 2/20/2012

    " The only thing better and more enriching than a novel by Mr. West is seeing him speak in person: he is a modern day prophet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 9/10/2011

    " West never disappoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 5/27/2011

    " Fantastic audio book. will incorporate in my research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 4/28/2010

    " Brother West is Not without an opinion. He drains me with his verbage but I get him principibly(hope I spelled that right). I think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 11/8/2009

    " I think this book could've been really interesting and thoughtful, but I found it very repetitive. The first five pages of every chapter kept my attention, but then I started to drift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 7/3/2009

    " Expand the vision of what is usually presented. "

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About the Author
Author Cornel West

Cornel West is a philosopher, academic, activist, author, actor, critic, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his PhD at Princeton University. The author of numerous books and articles, he is best known for his three New York Times bestsellers Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and Rich and the Rest of Us, co-authored with Tavis Smiley, as well as his memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, and C-Span; he has also appeared in over twenty-five documentaries and films, including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk, and Stand.