First, I loved the last 25% of this book! Had the first 75% been more personal like the end, I would have rated it much higher. SEEING the preview for the movie, I had anticipated a much more personal story,but instead got a very rich and detailed history of the civil rights movement. Granted, I learned a great deal of history, which is good, just not what I was hoping for.
This is an excellent book! Not only the very compelling tale of KKK leader C.P. Ellis, and social activist, Ann Atwater, but an excellent of the civil rights struggle in this country and the pivotal role played by Durham, NC. Well researched, well written and well worth reading. Buy it!
This is a book which gives a whole new perspective to race relations. Understanding what went on in Durham, NC, then is important to understanding the state of race relations today. It is a wonderful read as well as being educational. In my opinion, it should be mandatory reading somewhere in the school curriculum.
I gave the book a 4 star rating because I learned a lot about the history of Durham and the relationship of the poor Blacks and whites with the so called middle class "elites" during this era.
I also didn't think that the title of the book really illustrated what I thought the book was going to be about. However, I thought that the final merger of Ms Atwater and Mr. Ellis was a normal situation when people regardless of original get or have the opportunity to work together for a common goal. They begin to realize that there isn't much difference between their wants, desires, and objectives in life. Both of them had a difficult time in accepting this fact and found that they could and would be ostracized by their friends. They accepted this and kept getting up.
Its amazing how we all must have someone below us. THATS LIFE!!! IT WS A STRUGGLE IN THE "60". But we all go through it, didn't we?
Interesting book. Saw a production of this as a play and was very interested in the real people and real events. The play was well done and the book is a portrait of North Carolina during desegregation days. These 2 unlikely people worked together to get things done.