ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

  ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan Regan Arts Paperback, $14.00 288 pages ISBN: 978-1-941393-57-4   Book Review by Kam Williams   “This book… set out to answer a simple question asked repeatedly on cable news shows: Where did ISIS come from, and how did it manage to do […]

More Than a Score

  More Than a Score The New Uprising against High-Stakes Testing Foreword by Diane Ravitch Edited by Jesse Hagopian Introduction by Alfie Kohn Afterword by Wayne Au Haymarket Books Paperback, $16.00 336 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-60846-392-3 Book Review by Kam Williams “As the essays in this book make clear, public education is under attack. So […]

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

  My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege with Nikola Sellmair The Experiment Publishing Hardcover, $24.95 230 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-61519-253-3 Book Review by Kam Williams   “When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf…she discovered a horrifying […]

Praedamus: Let Us Prey

  Praedamus: Let Us Prey Selling Heaven (It’s All an Illusion) by Don Spears Professional Publishing House Paperback, $24.95 424 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-692-34921-2 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Religion plays an important part in most people’s lives… Many of us have absolute and often blind faith in the churches we attend. But is […]

The Loneliness of the Black Republican

  The Loneliness of the Black Republican Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power by Leah Wright Riguer Princeton University Press Hardcover, $35.00 430 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-691-15901-0 Book Review by Kam Williams   “This study introduces readers to key figures across a spectrum of black Republican politics and examines their ongoing struggles to effect […]

The Presidency in Black and White

  The Presidency in Black and White My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America by April Ryan Foreword by the Honorable Elijah Cummings Rowman & Littlefield Hardcover, $24.95 176 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4422-3841-1 Book Review by Kam Williams   “[This book] gives readers a compelling behind-the-scenes look at race relations from the […]

Black Male Frames

  Black Male Frames African-Americans in a Century of Hollywood Cinema, 1903-2003 by Roland Leander Williams, Jr. Syracuse University Press Hardcover, $34.95 218 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-8156-3382-2 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Black Male Frames charts the development and shifting popularity of two stereotypes of black male masculinity in popular American film: the shaman […]

REACH – 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding

  Reach 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding Edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters Foreword by Russell Simmons Atria Books Paperback, $15.00 304 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4767-9983-4 Book Review by Kam Williams   “I’m aware that, for black men today, racism is still an obstacle that causes tremendous anger and suffering… […]

F.B. Eyes

  F.B. Eyes How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature by William J. Maxwell Princeton University Press Hardcover, $29.95 384 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-691-13020-0 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Drawing on nearly 14,000 pages of newly released FBI files, F.B. Eyes exposes the Bureau’s intimate policing of African American poems, plays, essays, […]

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

  Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March By Lynda Blackmon Lowery As told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley Illustrated by PJ Loughran Dial Books Hardcover, $19.99 128 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-8037-4123-2 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, […]

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