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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornel West Narrator: Cornel West Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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A master teacher and preeminent analyst of America's racial dilemma bridges the gulf between races in this national best seller. Cornel West is a professor at Harvard's Divinity School and Department of Afro-American Studies. He is the author of many books, including Prophetic Fragments, and with bell hooks, Breaking Bread. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Däv | 2/20/2014

    " Cornel West's work on race issues in america is probably the most thorough one I've read in some time... definately a worth reading... and pretty good for an african-american white liberal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/18/2014

    " Short and poignant, West says exactly what he means with no apologies. Fascinating read, but I think his true gift is public speaking, all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torence | 2/1/2014

    " I appreciate Dr. West's analysis in this book. He presents clear and concise explanations of contemporary issues revolving around race (race matters) as well as reasons for the justification for an emphasis on race (race matters). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/13/2014

    " Powerful reflections and essays from one of the most intelligent and real men in the USA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Graney | 1/12/2014

    " I had forgotten that I read this. I don't recall much about this but I know I liked it and used excerpts of it in my classes...so it must have been pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chavon | 1/11/2014

    " I love Cornel West because he is not afraid to address the "taboo" issues,not only in the African American but issues that we have worlwide when it comes to race! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mac | 12/30/2013

    " Interesting at the time... more relevant since Nov. 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerome | 12/29/2013

    " This is a necessary book to read if you are in the struggle for social justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 12/29/2013

    " Loved this book! Though West can get florid and occasionally rhetoric oversteps argumentation I think all literate Americans should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/19/2013

    " An easy read on an important topic, but West's writing style did not grab me, and there were many contradictions between the views espoused in this book and his views expressed later in public forums. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 12/19/2013

    " I need to re-read this book....I can't remember enough of it to comment on it, but I know it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Tuggle | 12/19/2013

    " Don't always agree with Dr. West, but there's no denying the man is brilliant and an excellent writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 12/15/2013

    " A look at race relations in the United States, with less focus on actual events and centered more on the theoretical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izetta Autumn | 8/23/2013

    " Ah, the brilliance that is Cornel West. Not a book for beginners wanting to read about race, however, Race Matters is key to read if you're focused on race in a post-modern age. West also has a lovely way with language - you can tell he's a preacher, in the best of ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/10/2013

    " Read it with the dictionary! This is one profound brotha!! He's a nice guy in person too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kxm | 4/23/2013

    " I was rather disappointed in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 10/25/2012

    " I think Cornell West is a great theorist about race. I've only read one of his books but I would like to read more. He's a charismatic speaker, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 columbialion | 3/9/2012

    " Princeton professor West brings a no nonsense look into what holds us back in understanding each other across racial barriers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 11/22/2011

    " West is a progressive. He confronts both left and right on their takes on racial politics. He comes out of the same tradition as MLK--black, leftist, pacifist Christianity. Good ideas and a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobey | 7/13/2011

    " This is Dr. West's seminal book about Race. Dr. West is one hell of a guy. Also well worth listening to if you can see him speak. This is a short book but full of interesting information. Read it despite your race. Plus Dr. West was in the Matrix movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 5/9/2011

    " What a great book on race relations. Cornell West is an extremely interesting man and I think I would of loved to have been a student of his. If you are interested in diversity specifically pertaining towards race then you should read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dafarrell | 2/7/2011

    " Interesting take on the intersection of social, economic and political influences and effects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 12/8/2010

    " This book, in my opinion, is a masterful study of race in America. Although it is dated in it's choice of topical matters (it was completed in 1994) the themes presented in this book are sadly as relevant today as they were 17 years ago and probably will be 17 years in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 9/28/2010

    " This eminent professor of Black Studies and Religion emphatically lays out the racist tendencies that are apparent in American society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 9/7/2010

    " I really liked this book...it wasn't my type of read, but it was on a subject I need to read more about. Mr. West is very knowledgable, and provided me w/great insight on racial issues in our country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/27/2010

    " This is a good book, that later helped my understanding in social work school. Race does matter. It opened my eyes to some subtle racism that is still present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 7/29/2010

    " Powerful reflections and essays from one of the most intelligent and real men in the USA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 6/30/2010

    " Cornel West is brilliant. West encapsulizes the epitome of discussion on the social concept of race in the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 6/27/2010

    " Really good book about race, focusing on black people living in the United States. West offers a very interesting view on the lives of African-Americans in the US and the tendencies of a white-dominant culture. I would strongly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/4/2010

    " This is an excellent book: provocative and pragmatic content written concisely and beautifully. I want to read more by West. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 5/26/2010

    " This short book comprises a series of essays on race in America, circa 1993. It's a bit dated in its topicality (references to Rodney King, Anita Hill, etc.), but overall still quite relevant. I found West to be quite sensible and smart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 2/26/2010

    " You could describe this book as either an attenuated essay or a bloated op-ed piece. But you'd be lying if you called it a serious book-length analysis of race in the United States. "

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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.