Books written by Cornel West

Race Matters

Vintage | July 23, 1993 | 159 pages
The coauthor of The Future of the Race looks at the issues facing African Americans, including the new Black conservatism, Black-Jewish relations, discrimination, racial sterotypes, and despair. Reprint.  More Info

Black Prophetic Fire

Beacon Press (MA) | July 11, 2014 | 248 pages
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... More Info

The New Jim Crow

The New Press | January 16, 2012 | 312 pages
Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education and public benefits create a permanent under-caste based largely on race. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.  More Info

The John Carlos Story

Haymarket Books | December 11, 2012 | 220 pages
John Carlos, the man behind the most iconic moment of the Black Power movement, tells his story.  More Info

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

Columbia Univ Pr | February 1, 2011 | 137 pages
The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere represents a rare opportunity to experience a diverse group of preeminent philosophers confronting one pervasive contemporary concern: what role doesùor shouldùreligion play in our public lives?  More Info

The meaning of Mandela

Human Sciences Research Council | July 23, 2019 | 40 pages
These engaging and witty lectures bring together the ideas of three renowned scholars—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Wole Soyinka, and Cornel West—as they reflect on Nelson Mandela's image in the public imagination and his role as a symbol of African pride. Gates, a powerful academic presence in the... More Info

We Have Not Been Moved

Pm Press | October 5, 2012 | 576 pages
An array of articles, essays, interviews and poems from the past 50 years draw a link between white supremacist views and U.S. militancy and argue for nonviolence and racial equality. Original.  More Info

The John Carlos Story

September 27, 2011 | 220 pages
Documents the events surrounding John Carlos and Tommie Smith's controversial Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium, discussing how their show of defiance sparked political debates and career fallouts while becoming one of the most iconic images of Olympic and Black Power history.  More Info