The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
“I was 12 or 13 when I read this. It was the first book that made the struggle against racial inequality real for me, and it taught me how beautiful and how effective an argument for social justice could be. In an age when race has receded and color is no longer an absolute barrier to achievement at the highest levels, this book remains an eloquent reminder of what it took, and what it cost, to get us where we are today.”
Recommended by Ellis Cose, the author of the novel The Best Defense ($7, e-book, amazon.com) and nine nonfiction books, including The Rage of a Privileged Class ($14, amazon.com) and The End of Anger ($25, amazon.com).
To buy: $13, amazon.com.