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Cornel West



Cornel Ronald West, PhD, is an American professor, philosopher, political activist, and social critic who focuses on the domestic and international oppression of racism and white supremacy of the “American empire.”

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The Cornel West Reader

Cornel West is one of the nation's premier public intellectuals and one of the great prophetic voices of our era.

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Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism

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.

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The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism

Taking Emerson as his starting point, Cornel West’s basic task in this ambitious enterprise is to chart the emergence, development, decline, and recent resurgence of American pragmatism.

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.

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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

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Race Matters

First published in 1993, on the one-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, Race Matters became a national best seller that has gone on to sell more than half a million copies. This classic treatise on race contains Dr.

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Cornel West Reconsiders President Obama

Professor Cornel West confesses that he’s having second thoughts about President Obama. West is also concerned about the lack of love and respect he sees between people, particularly where race is concerned.

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Black Prophetic Fire

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.

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Prophesy Deliverance!

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.

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Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

Keeping Faith is a rich, moving and deeply personal collection of essays from one of the leading African American intellectuals of our age.

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