The Envy of the World: On Being a Black Man in America

Ellis Cose (Author)


With a compassionate eloquence reminiscent of James Baldwin's Letter to My Nephew, Ellis Cose presents a realistic examination of the challenges facing black men in modern America.
Black men have never had more opportunity for success than today -- yet, as bestselling author Cose puts it, We are watching the largest group of black males in history stumbling through life with a ball and chain. Add to that the ravages of AIDS, murder, poverty, illiteracy, and the widening gap separating the black elite from the underclass, and the result is a paralyzing pessimism. But even as Cose acknowledges the obstacles that confront black men, he refuses to accept them as reasons for giving up; instead he rails against the destructive attitude that has made academic achievement a source of shame instead of pride in many black communities -- and outlines steps black males can take to enhance their odds for success.
With insightful anecdotes about a broad range of black men from all walks of life, Cose delivers a warning of the vast tragedy that is wasted black potential, and a call to arms that can enable black men to reclaim their destiny in America.

Product Details

Washington Square Press
Publish Date
January 07, 2003
5.59 X 0.45 X 8.54 inches | 0.53 pounds
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About the Author

Ellis Cose is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class. A former contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, his writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.


Washington Post Lucid, eloquent and deeply personal.
Chicago Tribune Cose writes with the urgency of a man who is single-handedly trying to save the race....But young black males are not his only intended audience. The Envy of the World speaks to the rest of us as well.
Claude Brown Author of Manchild in the Promised Land The Envy of the World will stimulate, provoke and jolt the reader loose from previously held misconceptions on the American race issue. A must-read book for the new millennium.