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Race Bücher: The New Jim Crow von Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
4.6 (97 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The New Jim Crow?

The New Jim Crow (2010) unveils an appalling system of discrimination in the United States that has led to the unprecedented mass incarceration of African-Americans. The so-called War on Drugs, under the jurisdiction of an ostensibly colorblind justice system, has only perpetuated the problem through unconscious racial bias in judgments and sentencing.

Wer The New Jim Crow lesen sollte

  • Anyone who cares about racial justice
  • Anyone interested in sociology
  • Anyone who wants to learn about systematic oppression in the United States

Race Bücher: Gang Leader For A Day von Sudhir Venkatesh

Gang Leader For A Day

Sudhir Venkatesh
A Rogue Sociologist Crosses The Line
3.9 (16 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Gang Leader For A Day?

Gang Leader For A Day is based on author Sudhir Venkatesh’s ten years of personal, in-depth research conducted on-site at the notorious Robert Taylor Homes public housing projects in Chicago. Ignored by city government and law enforcement, residents in the close-knit community rely only on local gangs and each other for basic services and social support.

Wer Gang Leader For A Day lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the influence of gangs in the United States
  • Anyone curious about what it takes to be a gang leader
  • Anyone interested in how poor communities are supported by underground economies

Race Bücher: Between the World and Me von Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates
4.3 (74 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Between the World and Me?

Between the World and Me (2015) is an open letter to the author’s 15-year-old son about the realities that Black men face in America. Filled with personal anecdotes about the author’s personal development and experiences with racism, his letter tries to prepare young Black people for the world that awaits them.

Wer Between the World and Me lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in race and racism in the United States
  • Anyone interested in social issues
  • Anyone interested in US history

Race Bücher: How To Be Black von Baratunde Thurston

How To Be Black

Baratunde Thurston
3.8 (18 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How To Be Black?

How To Be Black (2012) is the funny, revealing and insightful autobiography of Baratunde Thurston. Thurston attended private schools and Harvard University, and the experience of being black in a predominantly white milieu taught him a great deal about what white and black people have come to expect from one another. These blinks tackle a difficult subject with humor and empathy.

Wer How To Be Black lesen sollte

  • Black people who get nervous around white people
  • White people who get nervous around black people
  • Curious readers interested in a fresh perspective

Race Bücher: Engines of Liberty von David Cole

Engines of Liberty

David Cole
The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law
3.5 (17 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Engines of Liberty?

Engines of Liberty (2016) is an exploration into the influence citizens can have on government, and the changes that can be brought about through activism, the spreading of information and the mobilization of one’s peers. When it comes to the big issues of our time, like gay marriage, guns and human rights, it’s passionate citizens who are speaking up for what they believe in and bringing about change.

Wer Engines of Liberty lesen sollte

  • Activists passionate about civil liberties
  • Lawyers and politicians interested in the history of civil rights
  • Concerned citizens who want to become more active

Race Bücher: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation von Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
3.8 (45 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation?

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016) brings you up-to-date on the ongoing struggle for Black liberation in the United States. Discover the real reasons why racism continues to fracture America and why activist organizations like Black Lives Matter remain a much needed force for change. The fight is far from over, so find out what you can do to be part of the solution.

Wer From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation lesen sollte

  • Sociology students and people studying race relations
  • African-Americans and civil-rights activists
  • Readers interested in the Black liberation movement

Race Bücher: Ghetto von Mitchell Duneier


Mitchell Duneier
The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea
4.3 (13 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Ghetto?

Ghetto (2016) traces the socio-ideological development of the word “ghetto” – particularly how it’s been applied to black neighborhoods in America – and takes an unflinching look at the complex ways in which race, prejudice, policy and sociology interact. When it comes to fighting for racial equality, there are no easy answers.

Wer Ghetto lesen sollte

  • Activists and policy makers
  • Sociology and political science students
  • People interested in American studies

Race Bücher: White Trash von Nancy Isenberg

White Trash

Nancy Isenberg
The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
4.0 (111 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in White Trash?

White Trash (2016) retells American history from the perspective of the poor whites who were by turns despised and admired by the upper classes. These blinks trace the biopolitical, cultural and social ideas that have shaped the lives of white trash Americans from early colonial days to the Civil War, through the Great Depression and up to the present day.

Wer White Trash lesen sollte

  • Readers fascinated by American sociology and the history of class
  • Students of American politics and culture
  • Those curious about alternative historical narratives for the United States

Race Bücher: We Were Eight Years in Power von Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power

Ta-Nehisi Coates
An American Tragedy
4.5 (19 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in We Were Eight Years in Power?

We Were Eight Years in Power (2017) reflects on President Barack Obama’s two terms in power and the aftermath of the first Black presidency. These blinks take a candid look at racism and white supremacy throughout American history.

Wer We Were Eight Years in Power lesen sollte

  • Americans interested in learning about Black experience in the USA
  • Anyone who’s concerned about the state of democracy
  • Anyone interested in the history and political consequences of racism and white supremacy

Race Bücher: Go Back to Where You Came From von Sasha Polakow-Suransky

Go Back to Where You Came From

Sasha Polakow-Suransky
The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy
4.2 (23 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Go Back to Where You Came From?

Go Back to Where You Came From (2017) takes a look at the current international political landscape and explains how the increase in refugees in Europe has contributed to the rise of the right-wing populist movement. It also explains why Muslim immigrants are the subject of such political demonization, how this issue has strengthened political extremism and why the populist movement is a serious threat to democracy as we know it.

Wer Go Back to Where You Came From lesen sollte

  • Political science students or avid news readers
  • Immigrants, refugees and activists
  • Legislators and political decision makers

Race Bücher: Born a Crime von Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

Trevor Noah
Stories from a South African Childhood
4.4 (99 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Born a Crime?

Born a Crime (2016) is about Trevor Noah's childhood and adolescence in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. A child of mixed heritage, Noah details the challenges he faced and the peculiarities that existed when he was growing up.

Wer Born a Crime lesen sollte

  • Trevor Noah fans
  • Those interested in life during and after apartheid in South Africa
  • Anyone after an inspiring personal story

Race Bücher: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race von Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge
4.2 (174 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race?

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017) examines the often-dismissed problem of racism in Britain and offers insight into how it might be overcome. Contrary to the title, this volume provides a starting point for productive conversations about racism in Britain today. It examines British black history, white privilege and the links between class and race.

Wer Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race lesen sollte

  • People interested in black British history
  • Workers who feel the economy and society aren’t working for them
  • Anyone who wants better race relations

Race Bücher: This Will Be My Undoing von Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing

Morgan Jerkins
Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
4.2 (18 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in This Will Be My Undoing?

This Will Be My Undoing (2018) delves into the author’s experiences as a Black woman living in modern-day America. By examining race, culture and feminism, the book demonstrates why and how Black women have been marginalized and offers suggestions on how this serious situation can be improved.

Wer This Will Be My Undoing lesen sollte

  • People interested in the marginalization of Black women
  • Feminist studies students
  • Those who want to learn about contemporary Black culture in the United States

Race Bücher: Bunk von Kevin Young


Kevin Young
The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News
3.6 (43 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bunk?

Bunk (2017) takes a look at the history of the American phenomenon of the hoax and identifies its inextricable relationship to racial stereotypes and US history. It also explains how the notion of the hoax has transformed since the early twentieth century and operates within the contemporary landscape.

Wer Bunk lesen sollte

  • People interested in learning about the exploitation of race
  • Those curious about where America’s obsession with “fake news” stems from
  • American cultural history enthusiasts

Race Bücher: Dreamland von Sam Quinones


Sam Quinones
The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
4.4 (27 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Dreamland?

Dreamland (2015) tells the story of how the opiate crisis in the United States went from being a problem only among social outcasts and the urban poor to one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country. The background and science of the crisis are rooted in socioeconomic factors that are distinctly American.

Wer Dreamland lesen sollte

  • Non-Americans left nonplussed by the United States’ opiate problem
  • Health care professionals
  • Policy wonks

Race Bücher: Slay in Your Lane von Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke

Slay in Your Lane

Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke
The Black Girl Bible
4.3 (8 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Slay in Your Lane?

Slay in Your Lane (2018) is a powerful broadside against the discrimination faced by black women in today’s Britain. But Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke aren’t just interested in criticizing the way things are – they also want to help improve the lives of black girls and women in the UK. Packed full of insightful advice and helpful strategies, this a blueprint for rising above prejudice and achieving great things.

Wer Slay in Your Lane lesen sollte

  • Black women and girls
  • Young women starting their careers
  • Anyone interested in what life is like for black women and girls

Race Bücher: White Fragility  von Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

Robin DiAngelo
Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
4.3 (261 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in White Fragility ?

White Fragility (2018) aims to do exactly what its subtitle says: to explain why white people find it so difficult to talk about racism, particularly within an American context. The answers are surprisingly complicated and illuminating, as they tie together some of the darkest strands of American history with the most fundamental ideologies of American society.

Wer White Fragility lesen sollte

  • White people who feel uncomfortable talking about racism  
  • People of color who wonder why white people are so uncomfortable talking about racism
  • Antiracism advocates who want to better understand that discomfort

Race Bücher: Ain’t I a Woman von bell hooks

Ain’t I a Woman

bell hooks
Black Women and Feminism
4.6 (77 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Ain’t I a Woman?

Ain’t I a Woman (1981) is a work of feminist scholarship that explores the complexities of living in the United States as a Black woman. Hooks examines the convergence of racism and sexism in major political and social movements throughout American history.

Wer Ain’t I a Woman lesen sollte

  • Women of color
  • Feminists
  • Those interested in race and gender theory

Race Bücher: Thick von Tressie McMillan Cottom


Tressie McMillan Cottom
And Other Essays
4.2 (36 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Thick?

Thick: And Other Essays (2019) is a collection of essays by author Tressie McMillan Cottom that centers on the experiences of African American women. Drawing on her own lived experience as well as that of others, McMillan Cottom’s smart, incisive prose provides a fresh perspective on topics as varied as race, beauty, politics, and capitalism, and sheds light on the most pressing issues of today. Part sociological tract, part polemic, the book reveals the brutal and often absurd paradoxes of modern-day America. 

Wer Thick lesen sollte

  • Feminists interested in deeper insight into the experiences of Black women 
  • Activists who want to learn more about the current state of racial inequity 
  • Social scientists and academics interested in current affairs

Race Bücher: How to Be an Antiracist von Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi
4.2 (255 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How to Be an Antiracist?

How to be an Antiracist (2019) explores the causes of and solutions to the racism that plagues our societies. Drawing on his own experiences as well as political and historical insights, the author shines a light on what he argues is a truly antiracist perspective and explains how you can effect change in an unjust world. 

Wer How to Be an Antiracist lesen sollte

  • Anyone who cares about social justice
  • Those who want to change the world
  • Political individuals looking for fresh insights

Race Bücher: Brit(ish) von Afua Hirsch


Afua Hirsch
On Race, Identity and Belonging
4.4 (42 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Brit(ish)?

Published in 2018, Brit(ish) is a wide-ranging exploration of the relationships between British national identity, racial identity and immigration. Combining history, journalism, social analysis, cultural commentary and personal memoir, it aims to help jumpstart a long-overdue conversation about the roles that people’s races and origins play in modern British society. 

Wer Brit(ish) lesen sollte

  • Non-British people wanting insight into how race functions in the UK
  • British people wanting more context for recent debates about immigration 
  • Anyone wanting to better understand the experiences of people of color

Race Bücher: Me and White Supremacy von Layla Saad

Me and White Supremacy

Layla Saad
How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World
4.3 (156 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Me and White Supremacy?

Me and White Supremacy (2020) is a guidebook to the white supremacist world we live in. It’s intended to help white people improve their understanding of racism and work to become allies to people of color.

Wer Me and White Supremacy lesen sollte

  • White people who want to understand anti-racism
  • People who’ve benefited from white supremacy
  • People interested in contemporary society and sociology

Race Bücher: So You Want to Talk About Race von Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo
4.3 (76 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in So You Want to Talk About Race?

So You Want To Talk About Race (2018) examines the complex system of racism in the United States, from police brutality to cultural appropriation to the school-to-prison pipeline. It offers clarity on ways we can approach conversations about race and take action against structural injustice.

Wer So You Want to Talk About Race lesen sollte

  • Citizens who care about social justice
  • People who want to improve their understanding of racism
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to discuss race

Race Bücher: Solitary von Albert Woodfox


Albert Woodfox
Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope
4.6 (22 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Solitary?

Solitary (2019) is the punishing tale of an African American man’s brutal treatment at the hands of the criminal justice system in Louisiana. In and out of prison as a young man, Albert Woodfox was framed for a murder he didn’t commit, apparently due to his membership in the Black Panther movement. He spent over 40 years in solitary confinement in a six by nine foot cell, treated inhumanely by a system that, by his account, is institutionally racist and cruel.

Wer Solitary lesen sollte

  • People who care about justice 
  • Anyone searching for a better understanding of entrenched racial inequality

Race Bücher: Natives von Akala


Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
4.6 (32 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Natives?

Natives (2018) melds memoir and polemic to explore race and class in contemporary Britain. Drawing on his own experiences while growing up poor and Black in London in the 1980s and 1990s, musician and writer Akala crafts a vivid portrait of a society that systematically robs Black citizens of opportunities. Why, he asks, is Britain like this? As we’ll see in these blinks, answering that question takes us deep into the history of slavery, empire, and racism. 

Wer Natives lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Radicals and reformers
  • Brits and Anglophiles

Race Bücher: Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust von Hédi Fried

Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust

Hédi Fried
4.6 (97 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust?

Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust (2019) is a survivor’s account of the darkest moment in recent European history. Hédi Fried has spent her life educating young people about the Holocaust and answering their questions. In this book, she considers those questions one by one, and paints a picture of her nightmarish experience that should act as a warning from history.

Wer Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust lesen sollte

  • Anyone worried about the rise of racism and nationalism today
  • Those with relatives affected by the Holocaust
  • People interested in modern European history

Race Bücher: I Am Not Your Baby Mother von Candice Brathwaite

I Am Not Your Baby Mother

Candice Brathwaite
What it's like to be a Black British mother
4.1 (17 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in I Am Not Your Baby Mother?

I Am Not Your Baby Mother (2020) is part memoir and part manifesto about life as a Black British mother. Drawing on Candice Brathwaite’s own journey to parenthood, it describes how she survived everything from postnatal depression to the realization that she could never protect her children from racism. These events motivated her to create space for representations of diverse experiences of motherhood online.

Wer I Am Not Your Baby Mother lesen sollte

  • Black mothers looking for narratives of parenthood that more closely reflect their own
  • Activists wanting to learn more about inequality in Britain
  • White parents who want to confront their own privilege and learn about institutionalized racism

Race Bücher: The End of the Myth von Greg Grandin

The End of the Myth

Greg Grandin
From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America
3.6 (30 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The End of the Myth?

The End of the Myth (2019) offers a revealing look at how America’s frontier mind-set has guided and protected the nation through its troubled history. You’ll see how the expansion of that frontier has served to keep fundamental problems of racism and inequality from being dealt with and find out if the myth of the American frontier has finally died.

Wer The End of the Myth lesen sollte

  • History buffs interested in the legacy of the United States
  • Anyone outraged at the mistreatment of migrants at the Mexican border
  • Students of political science and sociology

Race Bücher: The Souls of Black Folk von W.E.B. Du Bois

The Souls of Black Folk

W.E.B. Du Bois
4.4 (83 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Souls of Black Folk?

The Souls of Black Folk (1903) details the conditions of African Americans in the years after the end of slavery. By examining issues such as education, economic opportunities, and the interaction between Black and White Americans, Du Bois highlights the challenging legacy of slavery and the disempowering effects of the racism and segregation that followed.

Wer The Souls of Black Folk lesen sollte

  • People interested in African American history
  • Those who want to better understand race relations in America
  • People interested in sociology

Race Bücher: Caste von Isabel Wilkerson


Isabel Wilkerson
The Origins of Our Discontents
4.5 (242 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Caste?

Caste (2020) takes a revealing look at the caste system that continues to exist in American society, and its disturbing similarities to caste systems in India and WWII-era Germany. It explains how the attitudes of the dominant castes have become ingrained, on conscious and subconscious levels, through generations of subjugation. You’ll find out what it takes to maintain a caste system as well as what can be done to break free from it.

Wer Caste lesen sollte

  • People interested in American politics
  • History buffs
  • Those curious about how inequality can persist in a society

Race Bücher: The Hidden Brain von Shankar Vedantam

The Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam
How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives
3.8 (156 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Hidden Brain?

The Hidden Brain (2010) reveals the function and effects of our unconscious lives. In our increasingly interconnected world, unconscious biases and errors influence our memories, judgments, and perceptions and shape our social, economic, and political institutions.

Wer The Hidden Brain lesen sollte

  • White people interested in understanding unconscious racial bias
  • Parents and teachers
  • Students of neuroscience or psychology

Race Bücher: My Grandmother's Hands von Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother's Hands

Resmaa Menakem
Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
4.5 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in My Grandmother's Hands?

My Grandmother’s Hands (2017) explores how racism affects Black, white, and police bodies in the United States – and what individuals and communities can do to heal them. Trauma therapist Resmaa Menakem explains why historic, familial, and personal trauma relating to racism is often stored deep in our nervous system, and teaches body-based practices to overcome it.

Wer My Grandmother's Hands lesen sollte

  • Black people who want to begin to heal their bodies from the trauma of racism 
  • White folks who want to become better allies through a body-centered practice of anti-racism
  • Police officers and public safety officials who want to learn how to avoid violence

Race Bücher: I'm Still Here von Austin Channing Brown

I'm Still Here

Austin Channing Brown
Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
3.9 (38 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in I'm Still Here?

I’m Still Here (2018) is a memoir about racial justice in modern America. Racism is still all around us – even in Christian organizations that claim to champion diversity and understanding.

Wer I'm Still Here lesen sollte

  • People looking to understand what it’s like to be Black in America
  • Christians eager to learn how to be truly progressive
  • Fans of powerful memoirs

Race Bücher: The Sum of Us von Heather McGhee

The Sum of Us

Heather McGhee
What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
4.1 (68 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Sum of Us?

The Sum of Us (2021) is a searing analysis of how white supremacy has devastated the American middle class. Public services have been decimated, millions of Americans have no healthcare, and lobbyists control political decision-making. But white Americans keep voting for politicians who make things worse while blaming immigrants and people of color for the nation’s problems. Only by tackling racism head-on can we begin to fight for economic equality for all Americans.

Wer The Sum of Us lesen sollte

  • White people wanting to educate themselves about the real costs of racism
  • Activists looking for inspiration about how to create powerful multiracial coalitions
  • Anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of US history and how it affects politics today

Race Bücher: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? von Beverly Daniel Tatum

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Beverly Daniel Tatum
And Other Conversations About Race
4.4 (77 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria??

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (1997) explores the reality of race in the American public education system and sheds light on racial-identity development in both Black and white people. Updated with a new prologue in 2017, it also explains how talking openly about racism is essential for cutting across racial and ethnic divides.

Wer Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? lesen sollte

  • People seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America
  • Parents and educators who want to teach children about race
  • Those interested in social justice, equal opportunity, and democracy

Race Bücher: Wagnerism von Alex Ross


Alex Ross
Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music
4.5 (64 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Wagnerism?

Wagnerism (2020) chronicles how the works of Richard Wagner have influenced thinkers in the years since his death. Exploring the multitude of ways in which people have interpreted his music, it looks beyond his artistic legacy to his political influence – most of all on the Nazi party.

Wer Wagnerism lesen sollte

  • Classical music fans who want to broaden their knowledge
  • Historians interested in the role of music and culture
  • Politics enthusiasts who want to explore the history of ideas

Race Bücher: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man von Emmanuel Acho

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho
4.3 (52 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man?

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (2020) is an introduction to race and race-related issues in America. Talking about these issues can be uncomfortable, but by being unafraid of dialogue, we can learn that the difficulties Black people in America face today are best understood through US history.

Wer Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man lesen sollte

  • White people looking to understand the conversation around racism
  • Concerned citizens who want to make a difference
  • American history enthusiasts

Race Bücher: Minor Feelings von Cathy Park Hong

Minor Feelings

Cathy Park Hong
A Reckoning on Race and the Asian Condition
3.8 (51 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Minor Feelings?

Minor Feelings (2020) is poet Cathy Park Hong’s searing account of life as an Asian American. Drawing on her own experiences alongside penetrating insights, it paints a picture of the purgatorial status that Asian Americans still face.

Wer Minor Feelings lesen sollte

  • Those looking to explore what it means to be Asian in the United States today
  • Memoir lovers
  • People who want to expand their understanding of racial issues

Race Bücher: This Is the Fire von Don Lemon

This Is the Fire

Don Lemon
What I Say to My Friends About Racism
4.0 (28 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in This Is the Fire?

This is the Fire (2021) highlights the current moment as a turning point for the fight against racism in the United States. Touching on the Trump presidency, police brutality, and the global pandemic, it explores the racist history, structures, and ideas that have long plagued America, and proposes ways of using this moment to create positive change.

Wer This Is the Fire lesen sollte

  • People who want to understand racism in America
  • Those interested in social justice
  • White people looking to become better allies

Race Bücher: Wildland von Evan Osnos


Evan Osnos
The Making of America's Fury
3.4 (36 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Wildland?

Wildland (2021) recounts the story of how America became unraveled throughout the first two decades of the twenty-first century. Drawing on stories from residents of three US cities –⁠ Greenwich, Connecticut; Clarksburg, West Virginia; and Chicago, Illinois –⁠ it examines the undercurrents of change that tie together the fates of these varied landscapes. Finally, it describes how the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 laid the foundation for the violent insurrection on January 6, 2021. 

Wer Wildland lesen sollte

  • Americans trying to make sense of the changes in their country
  • Students of American politics and culture
  • Activists looking for a holistic picture of the grievances of average Americans

Race Bücher: The Dying Citizen von Victor Davis Hanson

The Dying Citizen

Victor Davis Hanson
How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America
2.7 (662 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Dying Citizen?

The Dying Citizen (2021) explores the ways in which modern American democracy is being weakened. Touching on issues like globalization and identity politics, it discusses how left-wing progressives are damaging the foundations of the United States. 

Wer The Dying Citizen lesen sollte

  • Conservatives looking for fresh insights
  • Fans of Donald Trump 
  • Anyone interested in politics and current affairs

Race Bücher: How the Word Is Passed von Clint Smith

How the Word Is Passed

Clint Smith
A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
4.5 (155 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How the Word Is Passed?

How the Word Is Passed (2021) is a travelogue that underscores how slavery has shaped America’s collective history and its reality today. Nine locations serve as gateways to important stories that are hidden in plain sight. They exemplify how communities have reckoned, or not, with their roles in the history of slavery and invite us all to dig deeper into what we believe – and why.

Wer How the Word Is Passed lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to better understand America’s relationship with slavery
  • Community members seeking historical context on Black Lives Matter
  • Activists and history buffs interested in how the past informs the present

Race Bücher: Nice Racism von Robin DiAngelo

Nice Racism

Robin DiAngelo
How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm
3.1 (294 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Nice Racism?

Nice Racism (2021) challenges everything we think we know about racism. Most racists don’t belong to the far right, and they don’t consciously support white supremacy. Instead, they’re “nice” progressive white people who commit daily microaggressions because they’ve never properly confronted their own biases. By abandoning niceness and becoming accountable instead, white people can develop into better allies in the fight for racial justice.

Wer Nice Racism lesen sollte

  • White activists seeking better tools to fight racism 
  • White would-be allies who are ready to confront their internal biases
  • Black people and people of color interested in learning more about the workings of white supremacy

Race Bücher: The Reckoning von Mary L. Trump

The Reckoning

Mary L. Trump
Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal
3.2 (210 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Reckoning?

The Reckoning (2021) is an unflinching look at contemporary American society. This sharp treatise draws informative connections between the nation’s traumas and its current issues.

Wer The Reckoning lesen sollte

  • Voters struggling to understand the contemporary political landscape
  • Citizens concerned about the future of their country
  • Anyone interested in a critical analysis of American society

Race Bücher: You Are Your Best Thing von Edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown

You Are Your Best Thing

Edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience
4.2 (94 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in You Are Your Best Thing?

You Are Your Best Thing (2021) is an anthology of original essays that explore Black experiences of living, loving, and parenting in America today. It examines concepts like vulnerability and shame, and shows that the key to personal healing lies in confronting white supremacy and the racist systems that make Black people feel unsafe in their communities. 

Wer You Are Your Best Thing lesen sollte

  • Black people looking for tools to heal from trauma
  • Psychology-lovers seeking new perspectives on how the personal and political intersect
  • Those who want to deepen their understanding of the impact of racism in America

Race Bücher: The 1619 Project von Nikole Hannah-Jones

The 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones
A New Origin Story
4.1 (522 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The 1619 Project?

The 1619 Project (2021) is an anthology of essays investigating the origins of the slave trade in America, and how it has shaped what the country would become. It’s also an exploration of how we create history, and how these stories shape our political present. The essays are accompanied by fictional excerpts and poetry, bringing to life the experiences of enslaved people in America.

Wer The 1619 Project lesen sollte

  • History-lovers interested in learning more about cutting-edge research from the 1619 Project. 
  • Americans wanting to learn about how the slave trade has shaped their country.
  • Anyone wanting to understand the roots of institutional racism, and how to fight white supremacy.

Race Bücher: Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography von M.K. Gandhi

Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography

M.K. Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments With Truth
4.4 (238 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography?

Narrated by Marston York

An Autobiography (First published in two volumes; Volume 1, 1927, and Volume 2, 1929) is the autobiography of one of the world’s most famous political icons – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book traverses his rebellious childhood, his early activism in South Africa and his work for the Indian Independence Movement up until 1920, and gives insight into Gandhi’s personal philosophy and his lifelong quest for Truth.

Wer Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in Gandhi’s life and personal philosophy
  • Students of history and political science
  • People cultivating leadership skills

Race Bücher: The Black Agenda von Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

The Black Agenda

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman
Bold Solutions for a Broken System
3.5 (168 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Black Agenda?

The Black Agenda (2022) is a compilation of essays by Black experts reflecting the latest developments and challenges in diverse fields such as wellness, criminal justice, climate activism, and AI.

Wer The Black Agenda lesen sollte

  • Activists of all stripes
  • Anyone who wants to know how tech perpetuates racism
  • Anyone who wants to know how climate change and racial justice are linked

Race Bücher: Forget the Alamo von Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford

Forget the Alamo

Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford
The Rise and Fall of an American Myth
4.0 (123 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Forget the Alamo?

Forget the Alamo (2021) charts the history of the Alamo, both real and imagined. It looks at how a popular, heroic mythology sprung from the events of 1836 and came to represent both a noble version of Texas independence and a metaphor for American valor. Find out how the Alamo became a touchstone in American culture wars, and discover how the real story paints a not-so-virtuous picture of American history.

Wer Forget the Alamo lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • People who enjoy Wild West stories 
  • Anyone who thinks they’re familiar with the story of the Alamo

Race Bücher: Women, Race & Class von Angela Y. Davis

Women, Race & Class

Angela Y. Davis
4.5 (136 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Women, Race & Class?

Women, Race and Class (1981) is a collection of essays that expose how racism, sexism, and classism intertwined in the struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States. With special emphasis on the historical missteps of the mainstream feminist movement, it charts a path for an anti-racist and anti-classist feminism. 

Wer Women, Race & Class lesen sollte

  • Feminists looking to understand intersectionality more deeply
  • History buffs
  • Anyone invested in the ongoing struggle for justice

Race Bücher: Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom von Nelson Mandela

Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
4.6 (83 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom?

Read to you by Twaambo Kapilikisha

Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom (1994) is one of the most famous autobiographies of recent times. It tells the story of his life, from his humble beginnings in the South African countryside to his work as an iconic anti-apartheid freedom fighter, and ends, after chronicling his twenty-year prison sentence, with his final victory and release.

Wer Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom lesen sollte

  • People interested in Nelson Mandela
  • Anyone curious about South African history
  • Proponents of social justice

Race Bücher: Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World von Claire Smith and Graeme K. Ward

Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World

Claire Smith and Graeme K. Ward
3.6 (151 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World?

Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World (2000) examines how globalization and new technologies are affecting indigenous peoples. It provides an analysis of the many opportunities and threats that globalization entails for indigenous societies, along with success stories of how indigenous activists are using technology to benefit their communities. The book’s chapters present the perspectives of 14 authors from around the world.

Wer Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World lesen sollte

  • Citizens of countries born out of colonialism interested in their nation’s history
  • Students of anthropology and archaeology
  • Curious indigenous and nonindigenous minds looking to understand our changing world

Race Bücher: Real Self-Care von Pooja Lakshmin

Real Self-Care

Pooja Lakshmin
A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included)
4.2 (304 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Real Self-Care?

Real Self-Care (2023) exposes the dark side of the global self-care industry by connecting the systemic inequality faced by marginalized groups like women and people of color, and the stress, burnout and chronic illness faced by so many. It offers a science-based alternative and cognitive strategies for living with ease and purpose. 

Wer Real Self-Care lesen sollte

  • Frustrated self-carers who feel they’re somehow doing it wrong
  • Tired life-optimizers who wonder why they still feel behind
  • Those looking for kinder, gentler transformation from the inside-out

Race Bücher: Things Fall Apart von Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe
3.6 (20 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Things Fall Apart?

Things Fall Apart (1958) was the first in the African Writers Series of 350 books published between 1962 and 2003 which provided an international audience for many African writers. It tells the story of a respected leader of an Igbo community and the problems faced by the community as white men arrive and bring with them their laws and religion.

Wer Things Fall Apart lesen sollte

  • Lovers of great story-telling
  • Anthropology students interested in understanding the cultural and religious practices of the Igbo people of Nigeria
  • History buffs interested in African history and the impact of colonialism

Race Bücher: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings von Maya Angelou

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou
4.8 (59 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in I Know why the Caged Bird Sings?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) is the first part of a critically acclaimed seven-volume autobiography by the American writer and poet Maya Angelou. A vivid account of growing up in America during the Depression, it documents Maya’s life between the ages of three and sixteen. Hailed for its unflinching portrayal of displacement, discrimination, and trauma, it is also a life-affirming study of how hope can prevail amidst death and despair. 

Wer I Know why the Caged Bird Sings lesen sollte

  • History buffs fascinated by the United States
  • Fans of true-life stories and larger-than-life memoirs
  • Anyone who loves classic literature

Race Bücher: Myth America von Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer

Myth America

Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer
Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies about Our Past
2.9 (109 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Myth America?

Myth America (2022) is a collection of essays that examine and dismantle some of the most pervasive myths about America: how it was founded, who’s allowed to be here, and how we define a ‘real’ American or American family.

Wer Myth America lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Students of American politics
  • Activists and social justice warriors

Race Bücher: Heart of Darkness von Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad
4.0 (38 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Heart of Darkness?

Heart of Darkness (1899) is a classic novella that explores themes of imperialism, power dynamics, and morality. It tells the story of sailor Charles Marlow, who becomes captain of a river steamboat for a Belgian ivory trade company Africa and witnesses the brutal reality of European colonialism. Marlow becomes fascinated with the mysterious ivory trader Kurtz – a mad genius who commands a trading post deep in the jungle. 

Wer Heart of Darkness lesen sollte

  • Fans of classic literature 
  • Those interested in critical perspectives on imperialism and colonialism 
  • Anyone who loves a good sailor’s yarn

Race Bücher: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn von Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain
4.7 (239 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) is often considered a landmark, if controversial, work in the history of American literature. It tells the story of a young teenager who runs away from an abusive, alcoholic father by fleeing in a raft down the Mississippi River. Along the way, he befriends a man running from slavery and becomes a reluctant accomplice to a pair of con artists.

Wer The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn lesen sollte

  • Fans of classic literature
  • People interested in stories about the antebellum South
  • Anyone who likes a good coming-of-age story

Race Bücher: The Bluest Eye von Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison
3.8 (134 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Bluest Eye?

The Bluest Eye (1970) is the debut novel of author Toni Morrison. It tells the story of Pecola Breedlove and her parents, and reflects upon the familial and societal circumstances that would lead a Black girl to wish she had blue eyes.

Wer The Bluest Eye lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of race and identity
  • Fans of landmark works of modern literature
  • Those seeking insight into African-American history and experience

Race Bücher: Uncle Tom's Cabin von Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe
4.6 (177 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) is a compelling indictment of slavery. Describing the many trials of Uncle Tom, its long-suffering enslaved protagonist, the story reveals the horrors of America’s “peculiar institution” while showing how Christian love can triumph over evil. It played a pivotal role in the abolition of slavery and remains one of the most important American novels ever written. 

Wer Uncle Tom's Cabin lesen sollte

  • Those curious about a controversial classic
  • Christians and believers 
  • History buffs

Race Bücher: Devil in the Grove von Gilbert King

Devil in the Grove

Gilbert King
Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
4.8 (5 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Devil in the Grove?

Devil in the Grove (2012) tells the true story of four young Black men falsely accused of rape in 1949 Florida. It follows lawyer Thurgood Marshall’s tireless efforts to save their lives in the face of racial hatred, obstruction, violence, and injustice at every turn. Ultimately, Marshall exposed devastating flaws in the case, achieving some semblance of justice despite a system aligned against the defendants. 

Wer Devil in the Grove lesen sollte

  • People interested in the Groveland case
  • Those curious about Thurgood Marshall’s legal career
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the history of racial injustice in the US

Race Bücher: The Hate U Give von Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
4.0 (113 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Hate U Give?

The Hate U Give (2017) is a critically acclaimed coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of racism and police brutality. It follows 16-year-old Starr Carter as she navigates two contrasting worlds: the poor Black neighborhood where she lives and the white prep school where she studies. Starr's attempt to strike a balance between these two worlds is shattered when she witnesses the shooting of her childhood friend, Khalil, by a police officer.

Wer The Hate U Give lesen sollte

  • Social justice advocates and activists
  • Young adults exploring identity and inequality
  • Anyone interested in compelling contemporary fiction

Race Bücher: Small Mercies von Dennis Lehane

Small Mercies

Dennis Lehane
A Novel
4.2 (71 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Small Mercies?

Small Mercies (2023) is an intense thriller that takes place in Boston in 1974, when the city’s busing crisis was just getting started. The story centers around a single mother in the neighborhood of South Boston, whose daughter goes missing on the same night a Black man is found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Wer Small Mercies lesen sollte

  • Fans of historical fiction
  • Crime drama aficionados
  • Anyone craving a suspenseful story

Race Bücher: What Napoleon Could Not Do von DK Nnuro

What Napoleon Could Not Do

DK Nnuro
3.9 (63 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in What Napoleon Could Not Do?

What Napoleon Could Not Do (2023) explores the contrasting experiences of two Ghanaians, Jacob and Belinda, and their aspirations in the United States. Jacob, an awkward computer programmer who still lives with his father, wants to join his wife in America but is foiled by visa denials. His sister, Belinda, meanwhile, has studied in the US and married an American – Wilder, a prosperous Black Texan businessman. But she, too, contends with disappointment: as she waits for her green card, her perception of America is soured by racism. Their journeys reflect the allure and letdowns of life in a foreign land, and the narrative insightfully captures how each grapples with dreams both realized and thwarted.

Wer What Napoleon Could Not Do lesen sollte

  • Readers interested in immigrant experiences
  • Fans of emotional family dramas
  • Anyone who loves character-driven stories

Race Bücher: All the Sinners Bleed von S. A. Cosby

All the Sinners Bleed

S. A. Cosby
A Novel
4.0 (9 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in All the Sinners Bleed?

All the Sinners Bleed (2023) is a work of crime fiction, focused on main character Titus Crown’s efforts to investigate several recent killings in his hometown. To solve the crime, Crown must contend with the town’s racist history, a far-right group, and a long-undiscovered serial killer.

Wer All the Sinners Bleed lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in an action-filled crime novel
  • Readers looking to explore the lingering effects of racism in the American South 
  • Fans of modern-day noir fiction

Race Bücher: Blue Hour von Tiffany Clarke Harrison

Blue Hour

Tiffany Clarke Harrison
A Novel
3.4 (7 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Blue Hour?

Blue Hour (2023) is a novel that explores motherhood, identity, and hope in an unraveling America. The story centers around an unnamed multiracial woman in New York, who’s struggling with personal loss and ubiquitous racial violence. When she unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she must decide what shape her future will take. 

Wer Blue Hour lesen sollte

  • Mothers and mothers-to-be
  • People who enjoy stories of love, loss, and hope
  • Those interested in themes of family, grief, and redemption

Race Bücher: All Boys Aren't Blue von George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue

George M. Johnson
A Memoir-Manifesto
2.8 (117 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in All Boys Aren't Blue?

All Boys Aren’t Blue (2020) is a memoir and a manifesto aimed at young people. The author shares their experiences of growing up Black and queer in the US, reflecting on family, identity, and sexuality.

Wer All Boys Aren't Blue lesen sollte

  • People who enjoy memoirs
  • People who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Anyone interested in race and identity

Race Bücher: I'm Not Yelling von Elizabeth Leiba

I'm Not Yelling

Elizabeth Leiba
A Black Woman's Guide to Navigating the Workplace
4.0 (2 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in I'm Not Yelling?

I’m Not Yelling (2022) is part memoir, part tactical guide for Black women navigating corporate America. Filled with anecdotes and statistical data, it highlights the unique challenges Black women face in the workplace, and offers a range of reflections, strategies, and affirmations to empower you to step into your full potential. 

Wer I'm Not Yelling lesen sollte

  • Black businesswomen and female entrepreneurs 
  • Anyone wanting to educate themselves on the Black experience in America 
  • Individuals of minority groups committed to reclaiming their voice in the workplace 

Race Bücher: War Without Mercy von John W. Dower

War Without Mercy

John W. Dower
Race and Power in the Pacific War

Worum geht's in War Without Mercy?

War Without Mercy is a thought-provoking examination of the racial and cultural dimensions of the Pacific War in World War II. Written by John W. Dower, this book challenges the prevailing narrative of a "clean" war by shedding light on the deep-seated racial prejudices and propaganda that fueled the conflict between the United States and Japan. It offers a unique perspective on a crucial period in history.

Wer War Without Mercy lesen sollte

  • History enthusiasts who want to learn about the racial dynamics of World War II
  • Students and scholars studying the impact of propaganda on war
  • Individuals interested in understanding the cultural and psychological roots of wartime atrocities

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