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Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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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 book is compact like a gift book. However, it is filled to the brim with Cornel West's philosophies and experiences. Whenever I would pick up this book, my body would fully relax. I knew the words would take me to the inner side of myself. At times I disagreed with Dr. West. For example, when he spoke of the Blues as a hopeful type of music. I've always thought the Blues sad. However, I have to admit not listening to much Blues. I am anxious to listen to it with the author's thoughts in mind. Perhaps, the Blues is hopeful. From music like Hip Hop and Jazz and other types of music he shares his opinions. One other thought of his amazed me. He believes music is more powerful than literature. However, he quoted from literature more than he did music. He wrote or quoted Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neil, etc.
I agree music speaks to every man in a unique way. I would hope though that future children would be led to think of literature as more important than music. I believe it's much easier for "our folk" to get in touch with music than for a young person to sit down and read The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers or Othello by Shakespeare. I feel that literature lasts a lifetime. As we change literature changes with us; However, music is here and gone tomorrow. What's hot today might easily be forgotten for what's hot the next day. Of course, that is very sad because musicians work very hard to touch the core of our souls.
Just as I disagreed with him on those points there were far more which led me down a path of enlightenment. I would nod my head for a familiar idea or a long pause for a new idea he gathered and weaved in understandable language.Read more ›
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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
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
In this quick read, Dr. West engages the reader on several topics germane to America yet geared toward the African American community and family. Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by DBG