Great Read: Life Upon These Shores

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., remixes the exploration of history with his epic new book.

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is famous for documenting some of the most thought-provoking material on African-American history. With exhaustive research and almost 800 images, his newest book, “Life Upon These Shores” ($50, Alfred A. Knopf), gives descriptive insight into the achievements and personalities that have sculpted black culture since the 16th century. Gates avoids cliché, meticulously illuminating the influence and contributions of Blacks in America: from African conquistadors to the election of President Barack Obama. This ambitious title redefines the relevancy of the past to our lives.