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Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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Cornel West appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, CNN and C-SPAN, and he makes numerous appearances speaking to audiences large and small on subjects ranging from racial justice and queer rights to climate justice. Prof. West has appeared in over twenty-five documentaries and films, including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk, and Stand. He has also made three spoken-word albums, including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and the late Gerald Levert. His recent spoken-word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard's Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best jazz album of the year for 2009).
He has recently been deeply involved in the Black Lives Matter protests and was among those arrested in Ferguson in 2015. Cornel West has a passion to communicate in writings and orations, through music and film, and in solidarity with groups and faith communities committed to justice in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.--a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, Dr. West is still an educator and a leading authority on faith, freedom and justice, particularly as it relates to the African-American community. His insights are, as usual, critical, coherent and profound. Anyone who has not had the opportunity to partake in any his words of wisdom would find this book enlightening.
A couple of final thoughts: This book was released on Nov. 1st, 2008 and in it there are references to Barack Obama as a candidate for President of the United States. I believe better timing of the book's release (delaying to a later date) and having Dr. West speaking from the view point of Barack Obama winning the general election would have been worthwhile. Secondly, the companion CD which contains an interview facilitated by Tavis Smiley along with couple of musical selections from Dr. West's ventures in spoken word, seems by itself worthy of the book's retail price. The fact that the CD is included with the book is a bonus.
Give it a read, you will not be the least bit disappointed with his work.
Then again, what's new? All his literature is fascinating and real. Plus, the book comes with an audio CD in the back with a fantastic interview between Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West.
This newest work is the first time a Cornel West book has come as close to "the real thing." This isn't "Democracy Matters" or "Race Matters", nor is it his more academic text. The book really gives bite-sized gems of Dr. West's brilliance, without sacrificing any of the impact or depth. The scope of what's covered goes across all of Dr. West's subject matter so, whether you love seeing him on late-night TV or have digested all of his academic text, you have points of entry. Definitely suggest this as a gift for anyone looking for a little inspiration this holiday season.
The CD with an interview by Tavis Smiley is an added plus.
I enjoyed all chapters of the book as well as the section on books and music that helped shape Dr. West as a brother to all, but particularly to those whose crosses are often significantly heavier than most, who find themselves unsteadyily walking a tightrope due to unfair scrutiny and criticism from others.
Though this snippet style of writing may be disappointing to some, "Hope on a Tightrope" is a good read. It appears as if Dr. West is not providing us with a dissertation-type manual, but information that provides "food for thought" and does so in an inspirational way that encourages you to go "Hmmmm."
The question is whether this should be categorized along the line of his previous writings or as a motivational book on another level?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book arrived in perfect condition. Came with a CD. Very thought provoking book.Check out Cornel West's works they will open your mind!Published on October 2, 2013 by Julie Herrig
I am willing to struggle against all forms of racism until the day I die.
The book is compact like a gift book. Read more
My wife is happy with this book and was exactly what she wanted !!! A true bibliophile and a great book to match !!Published on May 8, 2013 by The Reader
Cornel West was one of my go-to theorists, back in university when I was writing cultural studies essays on race, communications, or sociology, and needed some good solid... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Stacey Marie Robinson
This book was easy and informative. I learned:
About West's past wives.
West is still dying every day to become risen the next. Read more
This is really a very nice book. It is short, and fun to share with others. The included CD in the version I bought was great too. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Mr. West per as usual enlightens, informs and leaves you waiting for his next book. Make sure you have a dictionary close by; I always learn new words after reading anything that... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Freddy5K