Monday, January 9, 2012

THE PANOPTICON REVIEW PRESENTS TWENTY OUTSTANDING BOOKS OF 2011



Please Note: The following list of books is not organized according to any personal hierarchy of the relative value of each individual book. Rather it is a list that seriously considers ALL of the books listed here to be of equal intellectual and cultural value and interest, albeit for different reasons. The bottomline on this list is that each one of these books is extraordinary and invaluable in their own right and represents some of the very best writing published in the United States in 2011.
--Kofi Natambu, Editor


My Song: A Memoir
by Harry Belafonte (with Michael Shnayerson)
Alfred Knopf, 2011


Nica's Dream: The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness
by David Kastin
W.W. Norton, 2011


Woody Guthrie: American Radical
by Will Kaufman
University Of Illinois Press. 2011


Bob Dylan: Like A Complete Unknown
by David Yaffe
Yale University Press. 2011


The World As It Is: Dispatches On the Myth of Human Progress
by Chris Hedges
Nation Books, 2011

Roi Ottley's World War II: The Lost Diary of An African American Journalist
Edited by Mark A. Huddle
University Press of Kansas, 2011




Conversations With Scorsese
by Richard Schickel
Alfred Knopf, 2011

Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations With Radical Thinkers In A Time Of Tumult
Interviews by Sasha Lilley
PM Press, 2011


The Black History of the White House
by Clarence Lusane
City Lights Books, 2011

Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey To the Mecca of Black America
by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
Little Brown and Company, 2011


Pauline Kael: A Life In the Dark
by Brian Kellow
Viking, 2011


Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention
by Manning Marable
Viking, 2011

Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and The Education of A President
by Ron Suskind
HarperCollins, 2011


The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World
by John Carlos (with Dave Zirin)
Haymarket Books, 2011


Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of An American Director
by Patrick McGilligan

It Books, 2011


Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
by Melissa Harris-Perry
Yale University Press, 2011

Why Marx Was Right
by Terry Eagleton
Yale University Press, 2011



The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
by Randall Kennedy
Pantheon, 2011


Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century
by Dorothy Roberts
The New Press, 2011


News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres
Verso, 2011


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Age of Greed: The Triumph Of Finance And The Decline Of America, 1970 To The Present
by Jeff Madrick
Alfred Knopf, 2011

EyeMinded: Living And Writing Contemporary Art
by Kellie Jones
Duke University Press, 2011

On History
Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone In Conversation
Haymarket Books, 2011

Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life
by Michael Moore
Grand Central, 2011

33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs From Billie Holiday To Green Day
by Dorian Lynskey
Ecco, 2011

The Speech: A Historic Filibuster On Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class
by Senator Bernie Sanders
Nation Books, 2011