20 Books that Shaped My Thinking

The Dark Side of the Nation:  Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Gender by Himani Bannerji

Concepts and Categories: Philosophical Essays by Isaiah Berlin

Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s by Kathleen M. Blee

The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing by James Elkins

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Friere

The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society by Jurgen Habermas

Breaking Bread:  Insurgent Black Intellectual Life by bell hooks and Cornel West

Man’s Lot by Walter Kaufmann

The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common by Alphonso Lingis

Strange Fruit:  The Biography of a Song by David Margolick, Hilton Als, Ellis Marsalis

Playing in the Dark:  Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison

Sexual Personae:  Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

Vision, Race and Modernity:  A Visual Economy of the Andean World Image by Deborah Poole

Jazz Cleopatra:  Josephine Baker and her Time by Phyllis Rose

Culture and Imperialism by Edward W. Said

Race and the Education of Desire:  Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things by Ann Laura Stoler

The March of Folly:  From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara W. Tuchman

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson

White Mythologies:  Writing History and the West by Robert Young

Share your thoughts on these works or create your own Top Twenty for me to Post.

17 Responses to 20 Books that Shaped My Thinking

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