I CAME AS A SHADOW
by John Thompson with Jesse Washington
"Profound ... A consequential book with a plainspoken tone. Even after his success, Thompson preferred McDonald’s to restaurants with white tablecloths, and his voice makes an authentic sound."
-- The New York Times
"Superb" -- The Washington Post
"I CAME AS A SHADOW is pure John Thompson -- direct, honest, and uncompromising. It's the story of how his large life unfolded amidst our nation's ongoing struggle to deal honestly with race. John saw himself first and foremost as a teacher. The lessons he leaves behind with this, his final gift to us, are more important than ever."
-- President Bill Clinton
"Every chapter will bring back a lot of great basketball memories from Thompson’s coaching days along with his playing career, his family ties, the people who inspired him and others. ... the book tells you stories that you didn’t know. With basketball season starting, it’s a great book to read."
-- Philadelphia Tribune
Purchase at: Indiebound Amazon Barnes and Noble
Copies signed by Jesse Washington available here
Jesse's essay for The Undefeated on working with Thompson
THE ART OF ROMARE BEARDEN
THE PREVALENCE OF RITUAL
by M. Bunch Washington
Second edition of the 1973 classic, published by Bunch's son, Jesse, in 1999
BLACK WILL SHOOT
by Jesse Washington
"This razor-sharp 2008 debut from Washington—the controversial former editor-in-chief of Vibe ’s spinoff magazine, Blaze —offers a searing look at the rap industry ... Washington courageously tells it like it is in this roman à clef about one of the most influential American subcultures of our era." -- Publisher's Weekly