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Black Like Me | [John Howard Griffin]

Black Like Me

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.
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Publisher's Summary

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

The setting is the Deep South in 1959. What began as scientific research ended up changing his life in every way imaginable. When he decided the real story was in his journals, he published them, and the storm that followed is now part of American history.

As performed by Ray Childs, this first-ever recording of Black Like Me will leave each listener deeply affected. John Howard Griffin did the impossible to help bring the full effect of racism to the forefront of America's conscience.

©1960, 1961, 1977 John Howard Griffin; renewed 1989 Elizabeth Griffin-Bonazzi, Susan Griffin-Campbell, John H. Griffin, Jr., Gregory P. Griffin, and Amanda Griffin-Sanderson; (P)2004 Audio Bookshelf; Recorded by arrangement with New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

What the Critics Say

"No one can read it without suffering." (Dallas Morning News)
"Only the coldest of hearts could be unaffected by this story, told with dignity and warmth, conviction and steadfast honesty. Audiobooks like this can help heal wounds and open minds about racism, an issue our nation still struggles with." (AudioFile)

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    Seth Patterson Lake Placid, NY USA 04-06-15
    Seth Patterson Lake Placid, NY USA 04-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "highly recommended for anyone and everyone"

    This book was required material for some high schools in Canada. I feel like it should be required material for every high school student in the United States.

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    sao83 Oregon 03-05-15
    sao83 Oregon 03-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a history buff"

    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.

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    Hali 02-12-15
    Hali 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book!"


    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.

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    yinyo6 01-12-15
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    "recommend it !"

    loved the story line. recommended to all to read an eye opener. thank you will keep

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    jd4nd Suwanee, Georgia, US 08-12-14
    jd4nd Suwanee, Georgia, US 08-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Everyone should read"
    Would you listen to Black Like Me again? Why?

    yes. I plan to listen again later. I enjoyed hearing his insight on societal norms.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was honest.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Childs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the contrast in cultures. his observations were accurate from his perspective.


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    Where does Black Like Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my better listens


    Which character – as performed by Ray Childs – was your favorite?

    great narration my favorite character was the shoe shine man .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-11-11
    Janet Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-11-11
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    "Required for History class, but I loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Like Me to be better than the print version?

    Better to those who have no time to read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Like Me?

    The start of the story with a poem was very unusual with a lot of feelings from the narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, but it is too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for having it available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 10-31-11
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 10-31-11
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    "Not my favorite...."

    I looked forward to this historical book. I should have saved my credits, and just read about the book.

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    carrie clearfield, UT, United States 09-03-12
    carrie clearfield, UT, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "not great but interesting"
    Would you try another book from John Howard Griffin and/or Ray Childs?

    yes


    Would you recommend Black Like Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    My Daughter recommended this book to me. I'm not sure I would recommend unless someone was looking for this type book


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ana Dallas, TX, United States 08-01-13
    ana Dallas, TX, United States 08-01-13
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    "best way to read a book when you have add"
    Would you listen to Black Like Me again? Why?

    Yes, With My Grandchildren One Day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Author Teaches You That Blacks And Whites Are Just AS Humans As Each Other, But You Don't Know About Each Others Sufferings Until You Are In Each Others Skin Color.


    What does Ray Childs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Some Pronunciations Of some Words


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When He Was On The Bus And Offered The Lady To Seat Next To Him And She Was Rude To Him, That Made Me Sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I Really Enjoyed Him Mentioning That He Was Catholic OR Was Looking For A Catholic Church At Least.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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