I’ve read all these books in the course of my research on race and racism here in the United States.  The list is in order by author.  For specific recommendations please contact me via the the link at the bottom of this page.


Acho, Emmanuel. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Flatiron Book: New York, 2020

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness: The New Press: New York, 2020

Anderson, Carol and Tonya Bolden. We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide: New York: Bloomsbury, 2018

Anderson, Carol. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy: Bloomsbury Publishing: New York, 2018

Anderson, Carol. The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America: New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021

Anderson, Carol. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide: Bloomsbury: New York, 2017

Anderson, S.E. The Black Holocaust for Beginners: For Beginners LLC: Danbury, CT, 1995

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Random House: New York, 2015,

Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain: New York: Vintage International, 2013

Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time: Vintage International: New York, 1993

Banaji, Mahzarin R., Anthony G. Greenwald. Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People: Bantam Book: New York, 2016

Bennett, Michael and Dave Zirin. Things That Make White People Uncomfortable: Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2019

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II: Anchor Books, New York, 2009

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America: Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD, 2018

Bridges, Khiara M. Critical Race Theory: A Primer: Foundation Press. St. Paul, MN, 2019

Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States: Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2011

Brown, Dorothy A. The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans–And How We Can Fix It: New York: Crown, 2021

Burrough, Bryan, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford. Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth: Penguin Press: New York, 2021

Carroll, Raymonde. Cultural Misunderstandings: The French-American Experience: The University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL, 1988

Cash, W. J. The Mind of the South. New York: Vintage Books, 1991

Chemerinsky, Erwin. Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights: Liveright Publishing Company: New York, 2021

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me: Spiegel & Grau: New York, 2015

Crenshaw, Kimberlé (editors), Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, Kendall Thomas. Critical Race Theory: Key Writings that Formed the Movement: The New Press: New York, 1995

Darity Jr., William A. & Kirsten Mullen. From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century: Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2020

Davis, Angela Y. Freedom is Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement: Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2016

de Beauvoir, Simone, Constance Borde (translator), Sheila Malovany-Chevallier (translator).  The Second Sex: Vintage Books: New York, 2011

DiAngelo, Robin. Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm: Beacon Press: Boston, MA, 2021

DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism: Beacon Press: Boston, 2018

Dunbar-Ortiz. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States: Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2014

Dyson, Michael Eric. Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America: St. Martins Press: New York, 2020

Dyson, Michael Eric. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America: St. Martin’s Press: New York, 2017

Eberhardt, PhD, Jennifer L. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do: New York: Penguin Books, 2020

Edim, Glory. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves: Ballantine Books: New York, 2018

Fields, Karen E. and Barbara J. Fields. Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life: Verso: London, 2014

Forman Jr., James. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America: London: Abacus, 2017

Gates, Jr., Henry Louis. Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow: Penguin Books: New York, 2019

Gibran Muhammad, Khalil. The Condemnation on Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America: Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA, 2010

Gordon, Ed. Conversations in Black, On Power, Politics, and Leadership. New York: Hachette Books, 2020

Gordon-Reed, Annette. On Juneteenth: New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2021

Grier, William H. & Price M. Cobbs. Black Rage: New York: Bantam Books, 1969

Gyasi, Yaa. Homegoing: Vintage Books: New York, 2016

Haas, Jeffrey. The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther: Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 2010

Hill, Marc Lamont. Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond: Atria Paperback: New York, 2016

Hinton, Anthony Ray. The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018

Hinton, Elizabeth.  From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America: Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA, 2016

Hurston, Zora Neale. their eyes were watching god. New York: Amistad, 2006.

Ifill, Sherrilyn A. On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century: Beacon Press. Boston, MA, 2007

Irving, Debby. Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race: Elephant Room Press: Cambridge, MA, 2014

Isenberg, Nancy. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America: Viking: New York, 2016

Jackson, George. Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson: Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 1970, 1994

Johnson, Walter. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States: New York: Basic Books, 2020

Jones, Martha S. Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. New York: Basic Books, 2020

Jones, Robert P. White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity: Simon & Schuster: New York, 2020

Joseph, Peniel E. Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America: Owl Books: New York, 2006

Kaepernick, Colin (Editor). Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future without Policing and Prisons: Kaepernick Publishing. United States: 2021

Kahneman, Daniel, Oliver Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein. Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement: Little, Brown Spark: New York, 2021

Katznelson, Ira. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America: New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005

Kendall, Mikki. Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot: New York: Penguin Books, 2021

Kendi, Ibrahim X. How to Be an Antiracist: One World: New York, 2019

Kendi, Ibrahim X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America: Bold Type Books: New York, 2016

Kendi, Ibram X. (editor). Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019: New York: One World, 2021

Kivel, Paul. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice: New Society Publishers: Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, 2017

Lemon, Don. This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism: New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2021

Lewis, John. Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America: Hachette Books: Boston, 2012

Lewis, Michael. The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2021

López, Ian Haney. Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Glass: New York: Oxford University Press, 2014

Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches: Crossing Press: Berkeley, CA, 1984, 2007

MacLean, Nancy. Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America: Viking: New York, 2017

McGhee, Heather. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together: One World: New York, 2021

Metzl, Jonathan M. Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland: Basic Books. New York, 2019

Mills, Charles W. The Racial Contract: Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY, 1997

Mock, Janet. Redefining Realness. New York: Atria Paperback, 2014

Mock, Janet. Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me: New York: Atria Paperback, 2017

Model, Suzanne. West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story?: Russell Sage Foundation: New York, 2008

Morrison, Toni.  The Bluest Eye: Vintage International: New York, 1970

Morrison, Toni. Beloved: Vintage International: New York, 2004

Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination: Vintage Books: New York, 1993

Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon: New York: Vintage International, 1977, 2004

Myers, Vernã A. What If I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People: ABA Publishing: United States, 2013

Nielsen, Kim E. A Disability History of the United States: Beacon Press: Boston, MA, 2012

Noah, Trevor. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood: New York: One World, 2019

Obama, Barack. A Promised land: Crown. New York,2020

Oluo, Ijeoma. Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America: Seal Press, New York, 2020

Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want to Talk About Race: Seal Press: New York, 2019

Ortiz, Paul. An African American and LatinX History of the United States: Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2018

Piketty, Thomas. Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Belknap Press of Harvard University: Cambridge, MA, 2014

Ramey Berry, Daina and Kali Nichole Gross. A Black Women’s History of the United States: Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2020

Rather, Dan & Elliot Kirschner. What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism: Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017

Roberts, Dorothy. Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First-Century: The New Press: New York, 2021

Robinson, Cedric J. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition: The University of North Carolina Press: London, 1983

Robinson, Randall. The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks: A Plume Book: New York, 2001

Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America: Liveright Publishing Corporation: New York, 2017

Russell, Bill, Bill McSweeney. Go Up for Glory: Dutton: New York, 2020

Saad, Layla F. me and white supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor: Sourcebooks: Naperville, IL, 2020

Schron, Bob. Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand: African American Athletes and the Fight for Social Justice: Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2020

Sellers, Bakari. My Vanishing Country: A memoir: Amistad: New York, 2020

Senso, Özlem and Robin DiAngelo. Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education: Teachers College Press: New York, 2017

Sered, Danielle. Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration and a Road to Repair: The New Press: New York, 2019

Serwer, Adam. The Cruelty is the Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump’s America: One World: New York, 2021

Sklansky, David Alan. A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crimes and What It Means for Justice: Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2021

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Live of Henrietta Lacks: Crown: New York, 2011

Smith, Clint. How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America: New York: Little Brown and Company, 2021

Smith, Hedrick. Who Stole the American Dream?: Random House: New York, 2012

Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Redemption: Spiegel & Grau: New York, 2014

Stewart, Dianne M. Black Women, Black Love: America’s Ware on African American Marriage: New York: Seal Press, 2020

Tatum, PhD, Beverly Daniel. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race: Basic Books: New York, 2017

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta (Editor). How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective: Haymarket Books: Chicago, IL, 2017

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation: Haymarket Books: Chicago, IL, 2016

Walker, Martin. America Reborn: A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-Six Lives: Vintage Books: New York, 2001

Warren, Mark R. Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice: Oxford University Press. Oxford, 2010

Washington, Harriet A. A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind: New York: Little Brown Spark, 2020

Washington, Harriet A. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present: New York: Anchor Books, 2008

Wellman, David T. Portraits of White Racism: Cambridge University Press. Cambridge England, 1993

Westover, Tara. Educated: A Memoir: Random House: New York, 2018

Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The Origins of our Discontents: Random House: New York, 2020

Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration: Vintage Books: New York, 2011

Williams, Chancellor. The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.: Chicago, IL: Third World Press, 1987

Woodward, C. Vann. The Strange Career of Jim Crow: Oxford University Press: Oxford, England, 2002

X, Malcolm, Alex Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Ballantine Books: New York, 2015

Zucchino, David. Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy: New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020