I do feel like a bit of a lightweight reading about the experiences of African Americans from the point of view of a white guy. The book is sincere and sobering though and times painful to read. Like all good books it made me think, it made me reflect and at some level it changed my outlook on history, on the world and myself.
To a modern reader it does seem a little old fashioned. Politics have certainly moved on since the 50s. So you do have to bear in mind that this is a historical document and a very personal one.
Mr. Childs performance is excellent, especially his command of idiom, which adds a great deal of character to the recounted conversations.