Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud

Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud

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by Cornel West, David Ritz
     
 

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New York Times­ best-selling author Cornel West is one of America’s most provocative and admired public intellectuals. Whether in the classroom, the streets, the prisons, or the church, Dr. West’s penetrating brilliance has been a bright beacon shining through the darkness for decades. Yet, as he points out in this new memoir, “I

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New York Times­ best-selling author Cornel West is one of America’s most provocative and admired public intellectuals. Whether in the classroom, the streets, the prisons, or the church, Dr. West’s penetrating brilliance has been a bright beacon shining through the darkness for decades. Yet, as he points out in this new memoir, “I’ve never taken the time to focus on the inner dynamics of the dark precincts of my soul.”

That is, until now.

Brother West is like its author: brilliant, unapologetic, full of passion yet cool. This poignant memoir traces West’s transformation from a schoolyard Robin Hood into a progressive cultural icon. From his youthful investigation of the “death shudder” to why he embraced his calling of teaching over preaching, from his three marriages and his two precious children to his near-fatal bout with prostate cancer, West illuminates what it means to live as “an aspiring bluesman in a world of ideas and a jazzman in the life of the mind.” Woven together with the fibers of his lifelong commitment to the prophetic Christian tradition that began in Sacramento’s Shiloh Baptist Church, Brother West is a tale of a man courageous enough to be fully human, living and loving out loud.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401921897
Publisher:
Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
943,421
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Educator and philosopher Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Known as one of America’s most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals, he is the author of the contemporary classic Race Matters, which changed the course of America’s dialogue on race and justice, and the New York Times bestseller Democracy Matters. He is the recipient of the American Book Award and holds more than 20 honorary degrees.

Award-winning writer David Ritz is the co-author of the autobiographies of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King.

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Brother West 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir by the legendary Dr. Cornel West opened my eyes to the life of one of the people that I admire most in the field of higher education. West unapologetically laid his accomplishments, failures, joy, and pain out for the world to see in black and white. After reading about West's journey from a hot tempered youth to becoming one of the leading educators, writers, and lecturers in the American academy I was left feeling inspired and encouraged to follow my own "calling." The book was very motivational and I recommend it to anyone who is looking to read a story about what "could be" if you work hard enough for it .
Mikeowms More than 1 year ago
While I am a dear fan of Brother West and liked his book a great deal, I was slightly disturbed by his inability to maintain healthy relationships with the women and children in his life. His talk about love should first begin in the home. Too many African American men, for their own selfish reasons, have walked away from the women and children in thier lives and I can't get past this. We have to take care of home before we take care of the larger community. I still deeply admire this brother, but this was a sore point of the book for me.
tippiJN More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely enlightening. I could not put it down. Cornel West is brilliant! This book was well written and well worth the money. I learned so much about great writers and higher education. Also, anything is possible in life! Good job Cornel!
M-A-Ross More than 1 year ago
Brother West is a real Christian. He doesn't let his faith cloud his reason and he lives his life for the betterment of humanity. He understands that the bible is a good start; but that there are other books & enlightened people in the world. He is a shining example of 'the golden rule' aka treat others as you wish to be treated. It was interesting to read about how Brother West was raised in Sacramento during the early 60's when racism was still fairly common. Then how during the following years how he came to fill his life with knowledge and cultured people to become the amazing man he has become.
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