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.
It's an amazing read... at times I found it shocking! It's hard to believe John Howard Griffin, a white man, could've live his life as a black man, but he did. Truly, a thought provoking true story.
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.
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.
very interesting and informative, if everyone listened maybe we could have an honest discussion about race and start healing. while the main focus of the book is about white & black the topic of race affects us all.
I am not an intellectual or any sort of deep thinker. This book has a simple and straight forward idea about what is racism and what cultivates racism that the average soccer mom from Idaho can fully grasp and reflect on. This book left me both enlightened and ashamed of my own thoughts and behaviors.
yes. I plan to listen again later. I enjoyed hearing his insight on societal norms.
it was honest.
I loved the contrast in cultures. his observations were accurate from his perspective.
one of my better listens
great narration my favorite character was the shoe shine man .