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The 25th-anniversary edition of the groundbreaking classic, with a new introduction

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. West's most incisive essays on the issues relevant to black Americans, including the crisis in leadership in the Black community, Black conservatism, Black-Jewish relations, myths about Black sexuality, and the legacy of Malcolm X. The insights Dr. West brings to these complex problems remain relevant, provocative, creative, and compassionate.

In a new introduction for the 25th-anniversary edition, Dr. West argues that we are in the midst of a spiritual blackout characterized by imperial decline, racial animosity, and unchecked brutality and terror as seen in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Charlottesville. Calling for a moral and spiritual awakening, Dr. West finds hope in the collective and visionary resistance exemplified by the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, and the Black freedom tradition.

Now more than ever, Race Matters is an essential book for all Americans, helping us to build a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium.

©1993, 2017 Cornel West (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"As moving as any of the sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King, as profound as W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, as exhilarating in their offering of liberation as James Baldwin's early essays." (David Nicholson, Washington Post Book World)
"Cornel West is one of the most authentic, brilliant, prophetic, and healing voices in America today. We ignore his truth in Race Matters at our personal and national peril." (Marian Wright Edelman)
"A compelling blend of philosophy, sociology and political commentary.... It directly takes on some of the most volatile issues facing American society today.... One can only applaud the ferocious moral vision and astute intellect on display in these pages." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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Classic that deserves better reading and recording

This book simply changed my life when I first read it about 18 years ago and I happily bought this audiobook. I guess my only gripe with this 25th anniversary edition's audiobook is the speaking tone the author, Cornel West, uses through the book. Anyone familiar with Dr. West's traditional fiery, passionnate speaking style will be quite shocked to hear him almost boringly browse through his own text almost as if he did not want to do it or if he was forced into reading it a certain way to please the average audiobook's audience. It's actually quite surprising and it takes away from the power of the text in ly opinion. I would go as far as to suggest a new recording of this otherwise groundbreaking work also with better sound quality.

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Essential reading! Now just as a 25 years ago.

Dr. West's critique and analysis was then and is now essential reading to anyone genuinely trying to comprehend not just race relations but a comprehensive understanding of social dynamics in the United States.

This book explained the motivations at work that effectively Predicted the disastrous Clinton, Obama and now Trump eras from the perspective of race, gender, and economic justice.

It's impressive how well a text written a quarter century ago, not only holds up to the test of time, but holds so much desperately needed clarity for these times.

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Masterfully Written, Important, and Poignant

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Cornel is a master wordsmith, and the topic is so very important for every white person in America to read and understand. Every sentence is pithy. And, every chapter is well-researched, extremely informative, and of course, timely. I cannot recommend it enough, Please, put this one in your cart and purchase it, folks.

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White privilege is real

I bought this book on the street in NYC about 15 years ago. Then it sat on my book shelf as a challenge. I never picked it up. After the murder of George Floyd and the following outcry for justice / police accountability, etc. I couldn’t ignore this title any longer. Narrated by the esteemed author. He packs a huge amount of information into concise and engaging chapters that may literally blow your mind. I love his Sacto accent too! A must read / listen for anyone who wants to know more about why Black people and their allies are in the streets demanding justice and why justice is so hard to come by (spoiler alert: white supremacy). Furthermore, it was a joy and a privilege to listen to the eloquent words of this brilliant mind and soul.

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Decent

Normally I am pleasantly overwhelmed with the information received or points made in a Dr. West reading, but this time, though I liked the book, I did not find it as easy to follow, nor did it captivate my attention the way some of his other books have. It's still a good read and as always I took valuable information and perspective from it.

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Deep

Profound - impossible to get it all in one read. Can be a bit challenging to follows at times, what an amazing journey.

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Great read

To be written so long ago yet still being so applicable today. Another great work by West

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Race Matters

I was pleasantly surprised and blessed by the content of this book. Dr. Cornell West analysis of our current situation is accurate and precise. This book helped me to think clearly about how race matters in America and also about how I perceive some of our leaders. I like the Dr. West is very balanced in his analysis pointing out the pros and cons of leaders and situation. I especially love Dr. West’s discussion on sexuality in the black community. I love that Dr. West gives us some names of former spiritual and community leaders as well as current ones who continue to carry the work and values Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. I love the poems and scripture reading the head east chapter. I love the fact that Dr. West read his text with his own passion and feeling it blessed me. I highly recommend Race Matter especially if you want to understand the structure and role of race in America.

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Seminal Work of Black Rage

Firmly rooted in the tradition of James Baldwin and Malcolm X, West has produced in this work one of the most searing expressions of Black Rage against the status quo of White Privilege in America.

The words of this Anniversary Edition cry out with the Truth that we all need to hear today, just as they did when first written. Nothing has changed, except possibly to have gotten worse. There are forces at work in 2021 who want to react to a New Generation’s response to the oppression of Blacks by denying Reality and turning the clocks back to the Age of Reconstruction and Jim Crow!

Those forces must be stopped and West has given us the Users’ Manual. It would be worth our while to heed what he says! Five Stars.

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Excellent

Race Matters is a good book to listen to, the narrator sounds perfect, enjoyed it.

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  • 06-20-20

One smart dude

I heard about Cornell West from my brother who forward an article discussing the recent BLM protests. My brother said exactly that "one smart dude". My brother studied his MA and race and resistance, a subject and social science I am trying to understand and learn more about. This book is poetry, vast in it's understanding and insight. Cornell West is a leader, committed to inspiring a deeper understanding surrounding zenophobia. I shall be reading more of his books and doing my best to take action for moral and spiritual good of us all.

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  • Godfrey Carnegie
  • 03-30-18

A timeless classic

This is absolutely required reading for anyone with even an iota of interest in one of society's most vexing issues.

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  • James Datsun
  • 09-30-19

Interesting, insightful and charismatic!

Fantastic listening, great insight into systematic, cultural and social issues. Still very relevant today!