The idea of becoming black to learn to learn about the racism was intriguing. I enjoyed listening to his experiences. I didn't want to stop listening. Side note: people still don't understand the only difference is the color of their skin.
A glimpse into the life of a white man living as a black man in the South in 1959. A vital and rare depiction of the experience of racism, from a first-person privileged perspective. Interesting and intense; well performed.
This book was very eye-opening to see how far we have come in such a small amount of time. There is still work to be done but this proves with work progress can happen.
I am white and grew up in a very segregated part of the North in the 1950's. When I arrived at college in 1964, this book was given to me by a someone from Louisiana. John Howard Griffin's courage and writing changed the course of my life. I hadn't read this for 25 years and was immediately struck by this powerful audio performance. A must read/hear for everyone as it is still very relevant 55 years later.
Meeting all kinds of prejudice.
I felt sorry for America. I never understood why this "land of the free" has such a hard time living up to that.
I found this extremely interesting and I very much enjoyed listening.
Say something about yourself!
My Daughter recommended this book to me. I'm not sure I would recommend unless someone was looking for this type book
I picked this book up on a daily deal and although I found the actual book interesting, it was easy to say, yeah that was then. The epilogue gave me more insight into a world that I grew up in than I expected. I grew up in the 70's and 80's and can think back to that time and see a different perspective now. I think I will reflecting on this for some time to come.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (true) - This author is truly an incredible human being. While the nation was suffering from racial inequality, John Griffin medically altered his skin color from white to black and traveled the volatile deep south to view firsthand the treatment of Negroes. (That's what they were called back then.) He hitchhiked or traveled by bus, slept in run-down hotels or with people he met along the way. He was often refused service of food and drink, and many times had to walk miles across town just to find a place where he was allowed to use the restroom. He received verbal insults and "hate stares," and that's just while his skin was black. Upon resurfacing again as a white man, he began to tell the story of his experience. He was, again, mistreated by many people of his own race for sympathizing with the Negroes. He and his family received threats and were forced to leave their home.
Most of this book is about the actual experiences of John Griffin as a Negro in Alabama, Mississippi and Texas in, I believe, 1958. In the last hour or so he talks of how he tried to spread the story of what he observed and other efforts he made to improve the treatment of Negroes across America.
PERFORMANCE - Good job.
OVERALL - Interesting and educational story. No sex, violence or profanity. The real-life situations observed by Mr. Griffin are touching, but I didn't find them too emotionally charged to hear. Recommended for anyone interested in the subject matter.
I read this book as a teenager, some 40 years ago. I'd forgotten a great deal of it, or perhaps my white, middle class, privileged young mind couldn't really grasp some of what I was reading. I think the book is even more powerful today, to know that men who are still alive were treated this way in Louisiana and Alabama. Even when ripped of basic human dignity, the people Griffin encounter are polite, gentle, and generous. An extremely well-written book.