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2.0 out of 5 stars Walking Through Shallow Water, November 11, 2009
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I purchase this book with great anticipation, but was literally stunned by the absence of serious thinking, the constant name dropping, the sharing of the names of female companions and lovers, the sharing of a life choices that can only be described as sad, and the incredibly poor editing. I have deep respect and love for Dr. West, but some of the things that he shares are hard to believe. We are asked to believe that a person who has made many millions of dollars from a speaking schedule that includes almost two hundred speeches a year at between $7,500 to $15,000 per speech and more, a salary from his tenured professorships at Harvard and Princeton, and teaching positions at other colleges and universities, financial awards, and major selling books has so little money that he can not afford a room and must sleep in "Central Park." As a person who was born and raised in Harlem and East Elmhurst, New York, I have a difficult time accepting that my millionaire brother can not afford a room, find a place to sleep on the Princeton campus or in that community or have a friend provide him with a place to lay his head. Why does the world need to know that he slept with Kathleen Battle or Michelle Wallace? Did they agree to have this information shared with the world? This is a sad and shallow book by an otherwise wonderful brother.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2009 2:59:48 PM PST
I am 2/3 of the way through the book and largely agree. These embarrassingly trivial, self-absorbed memoirs are really lowering my opinion of the man. But one correction -- he slept in Central Park early in his career, before he had established either his professional reputation or his net worth.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 9:07:05 AM PST
naming names of woman he committed adultery with is well beyond the pale---on record for the children to see their mom was having an affair while married. just an indication of his real essence---faker! tragic! and the real insight to this empty suit!

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 12:01:50 PM PST
Star Thrower says:
Maybe he's trying to compete with Miles Davis! My feeling is that Dr. West has good intentions, but he just seems too restless and scattered to compose any kind of worthwhile narrative. The life of the mind also needs to be tempered by some balance, discipline, and focus.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 1:42:20 PM PDT
I won't be buying the book!

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 4:21:51 PM PDT
Mr Parallel says:
Quite right about the book, but it's scarcely discontinuous with the rest of his output.
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