There are some very memorable moments, but what really counts is learning about the situation of blacks in America from the end of the Civil War until World War II and after. This was a part of US history I had not known and it changed my view not only of African Americans but of the country as a whole.
No, but he is excellent.
Yes, it sure did. I am still reeling.
I cannot recommend this book too strongly. Anybody who lives in the US or has anything to do with the US (which is just about everyone in the world) must read this to have a better understanding of the country, its evolution, and its people. Foreigners not well acquainted with American history, however, must not imagine that this is all there is to it: there is much in that extraordinary story that people from other cultures cannot imagine, though this book recounts a very important and little known chapter.
No. It's not entertaining. The stories are seared into one's memory.
No favorite character
Suntrust revealing to its employees that the Bank's starting equity was largely the result of massive profits from slave labor well into the 1900s.
Same as book
Shocking. Powerful. Insightful. Must Listen American History
I've lived in Georgia all my life and had heard about chain gang labor but I had no idea of the wide spread use of this type of reenslavement of Blacks in the South after the Civil War up until WW2. Most of the stories are very hard to listen to, but I think critical to our understanding of our history. Slavery did not end with the Civil War but endured in often more brutal and devastating ways. The writing of this book is outstanding and the reader is superb. The story is an important part of our history well deserving of the Pulitzer Prize.
By following the narratives of particular families, the author Blackmon brings the history to life and explains brilliantly not just what happened, but how and why.
The narration is brilliant and really brings the various voices to life. Gives the feeling that the people are being interviewed and telling their story.
I seldom give 5 star reviews but this book truly deserves it.
The narrator was very easy to listen to. His pacing and intonation was perfect.
Due to the many atrocities perpetrated against the subjects of the book, it was emotionally taxing to listen for extended periods of time. However, I am so glad I stuck to it.
It's so important to know your history and after listening to this book I feel that I have a better understanding of mine.
It's scary to know the history given to us through education is but a glossy finish to what actually happened. I am an African-American and it makes my heart heavy that I've never acknowledged my predecessors properly. After reading this one can only imagine the torment and hopelessness prior generations had to endure just so I could do things as simple as writing this review. I do not hate white people, not even a little bit. I do however, feel the need to pass this information along. I recommend this book to anyone grounded in this country.
This is a detailed exploration that must be introduced into our national psyche. Well worth the time to read and one of the best books I have read in a long time.
This book exposes the little dirty secrets about American history that very few want to discuss, if our country is to truly become the tolerant, diverse, and blessed by God then we must atone for the evil atrocities that this book brings reveals.