Black Authors to Recommend

A few days ago I posted a letter from a correspondent who wanted recommendations of great books by black authors. I promised to post any responses sent to me in a few days.

Several folks responded in their own blogs. Particularly noteworthy is Cobb’s response, posted in “Books for the College Bound Black Man.”

Gerry at the Daly Thoughts blog also “blogged’ a reply, which can be read here.

Ally at the Who Moved My Truth? blog recommends:

Anything by Walter E. Williams of George Mason University ( or Thomas Sowell, I believe of the same university. Both are black, brilliant economists, and conservative.”

Ambra at the blog posted posted a thoughtful essay, not precisely a response, but close. Worth a look in any case.

We also received other recommendations by e-mail, which I am providing in list form in no particular order. Thomas Sowell pops up a lot, but there are plenty of other recommendations, a few of which are classics.

Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America by John McWhorter

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

The Content of Our Character : A New Vision of Race In America by Shelby Steele

Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It by Star Parker

Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority by John H. McWhorter

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave: Written by Himself by Frederick Douglass

A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles by Thomas Sowell

Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America by Jesse Lee Peterson

Civil Rights by Thomas Sowell

The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America by Larry Elder

Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences by Ward Connerly

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Olive Gilbert and Sojourner Truth

Barbarians Inside the Gates: And Other Controversial Essays by Thomas Sowell

Basic Economics: A Citizens Guide to the Economy, Revised and Expanded by Thomas Sowell

In Contempt by Christopher A. Darden

The Affirmative Action Debate by George E. Curry and Cornel West

Any other recommendations or comments?

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