Thomas Kennerly “Tom” Wolfe, Jr. (born March 2, 1931) is an American author and journalist, best known for his association and influence over the New Journalism literary movement, in which literary techniques are used in objective even-handed journalism. Beginning his career as a reporter, he soon became one of the most culturally significant figures of the 1960s following the publication of such books as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters), and two collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, released in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and became a commercial success.
He is also known, in recent years, for his spats and public disputes with other writers, including John Updike, Norman Mailer, and John Irving.
Joe R. Feagin is a U.S. sociologist and social theorist who has conducted extensive research on racial and gender issues, especially in regard to the United States. He is currently the Ella C. McFadden and Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University. Feagin has taught at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of California (Riverside), University of Texas (Austin), University of Florida, and Texas A&M University.
Feagin has done much research work on race and ethnic relations and has served as the scholar in residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written over 60 books, one of which (Ghetto Revolts) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni Association achievement award and was the 1999-2000 president of the American Sociological Association.
He is author of over 200 research articles and 60 plus books on racial, gender, and urban issues. Among his books are:
A Systemic Racism Critique of Racial Theories in draft with S. Elias (Boulder: Paradigm Publishers)
Elite White Men Ruling in preparation with K. Ducey (New York: Routlege)
Asian American Women in preparation with S. Chang
How Blacks Built America (New York: Routledge, 2015)
Jim Crow’s Legacy: The Lasting Impact of Segregation with R. Thompson-Miller and L. H. Picca (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015)
Liberation Sociology with Hernan Vera and K. Ducey (3rd ed., Paradigm Books, 2014)
Latinos Facing Racism: Discrimination, Resistance, and Endurance with Jose A. Cobas (Paradigm Publishers, 2014)
Racist America (3rd ed., Routledge, 2014)
The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing (2nd ed., Routledge, 2013)
Yes We Can: White Racial Framing and the Obama Presidency with A. Harvey-Wingfield (2nd ed., Routledge, 2013)
White Party, White Government: Race, Class, and U.S. Politics (Routledge, 2012)
Racial and Ethnic Relations with Clairece Booher Feagin (9th ed.; Prentice-Hall, 2011)
How the United States Racializes Latinos: At Home and Abroad edited, with J. Cobas and J. Duany (Paradigm Books, 2009)
Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression (Routledge, 2006)
Social Problems: A Power-Conflict Perspective (6th ed., Prentice-Hall, 2005)
Black in Blue: African-American Police Officers and Racism Kenneth Bolton with Joe R. Feagin (Routledge, 2004)
White Men on Race with Eileen O’Brien (Beacon, 2003)
The Many Costs of Racism with Karyn McKinney (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)
The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism with Debra Van Ausdale (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001)
White Racism: The Basics with Hernan Vera and Pinar Batur (2nd ed., Routledge, 2001)