Good Reads



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

This book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”


Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

This book documents how beneath our contemporary conversation about race lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.



Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide

Vivid and engaging, Silent Racism persuasively demonstrates that silent racism—racism by people who classify themselves as not racist is instrumental in the production of institutional racism.



Slavery By Another Name

This book challenges one of America’s most cherished assumptions the belief that slavery in the US ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation by telling the harrowing story of how in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.



Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Paperback

This book defines America’s legacy of enduring injury and healing.



Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed the World Paperback

This book traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.


Nigger : An Autobiography Mass Market Paperback

This book tells the story of one black man’s life from poverty to world-class entertainer and comedian. The author details his desire to make the world a better place for all of the disadvantaged children that will not be as fortunate to be as talented as himself.


The Un-Civil War: BLACKS vs NIGGERS: Confronting the Subculture Within the African-American Community

A disgusted Black man boldly confronts the dysfunctional and criminal subculture (along with their apologists) that exists within the African-American community. This race-realist endeavor exposes many inconvenient truths, and will certainly become a catalyst for candid conversation.


Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy (Pivotal Moments in American History)

This book takes readers through the dramatic case and its fifty-year aftermath. A wide range of characters animates the story, from the little-known African Americans who dared to challenge Jim Crow with lawsuits (at great personal cost); to Thurgood Marshall, who later became a Justice himself; to Earl Warren, who shepherded a fractured Court to a unanimous decision.


To Kill a Mockingbird Mass Market Paperback

This book details the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.


Invisible Man Paperback

This novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood”, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley Paperback

This details how one man articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s. It expresses like none other the crucial truth about our times.


Soul on Ice Paperback

Cleaver writes in Soul on Ice, “I’m perfectly aware that I’m in prison, that I’m a Negro, that I’ve been a rapist, and that I have a Higher Uneducation.” What Cleaver shows us, on the pages of this now classic autobiography, is how much he was a man.


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West 

This book focuses on the betrayals, battles, and massacres suffered by American Indians between 1860 and 1890. It tells of the many tribes and their renowned chiefs—from Geronimo to Red Cloud, Sitting Bull to Crazy Horse—who struggled to combat the destruction of their people and culture.



Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race Paperback

This novel argues that race is largely a social construction and not constitutive of significant biological differences between people. The author details his thoughts on contemporary race issues for use in classrooms. The arguments in this book still contribute essential and salient perspectives as we face the issue of race in the 1990s. Man’s Most Dangerous Myth is the seminal work of one of the 20th century’s leading intellectuals, essential reading for all scholars and students of race relations.


Healing Racism in America: A Prescription for the Disease Paperback

A novel on the problems associated with racism in the US and a way to make it better.



The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism

This study looks into how children learn about the ‘first R’—race—and challenges the current assumptions with case-study examples from three child-care centers.



Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

In 1977, Leonard Peltier received a life sentence for the murder of two FBI agents. He has affirmed his innocence ever since. Peltier explores his suffering and the insights it has borne him. He also locates his experience within the history of the American Indian peoples and their struggles to overcome the federal government’s injustices.


The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving

It’s these very complicated issues that contemporary Native families struggle with for a holiday that most take for granted as a time for feasting and football. While this is a novel that highlights the contradiction of the history and tradition of two cultures, in no way does it exclude either from the well-told tale that Larry spins about one family’s journey to come to terms with Thanksgiving.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

This book captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.


The Nature of Prejudice

This work examines all aspects of this age-old problem: its roots in individual and social psychology, its varieties of expression, its impact on the individuals and communities. He explores all kinds of prejudice-racial, religious, ethnic, economic and sexual-and offers suggestions for reducing the devastating effects of discrimination.



Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America

Examining the complexities of the problems of black youths from an insider’s perspective, an African-American journalist recalls his own troubled childhood, his rehabilitation while in prison, and his successful Washington Post career.


Race Matters

This book contains West’s most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X.



Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vol. 1

This book explains how to ensure that African American boys grow up to be strong, committed, and responsible men.


This Kind of War: The Classic Military History of the Korean War

This book details the history of the Korean-American conflict that began in 1950 and is still affecting United States foreign policy. Fifty years later, not only does this enlightening account give details of the tactics, infantrymen, and equipment, it also chronicles the story of military and political unpreparedness that led to a profligate loss of American lives in Korea.

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