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5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful Recreation of the Civil Rights Era
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It brought me back to the turbulence of the Civil Rights movement of the1960's which I vividly recall as a teenager during that era! The characters were very fleshed out & believable as some of them stubbornly upheld Jim Crow laws & others heroically fought against them. The author does an excellent job of recreating the southern mind set, atmosphere & rationale of those who believed in "segregation forever". He also recounts the struggles small & large that Southern blacks had to contend with- from segregated drinking fountains, segregated sports teams & complex legal maneuvering that took away the political & economic right of blacks. The exciting plot twists & turns kept me involved throughout. This novel also gave me a real appreciation for the intricacies of the game of basketball which was so unexpected!
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book with a compelling story set in early 1960s ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
Great book with a compelling story set in early 1960s Alabama at a time when the pivotal events of the civil rights movement are taking place. At its core, the book focuses on an interracial group of boys whose efforts to compete in a state basketball tournament are complicated by segregation, freedom marches, the KKK, lynching and interracial relationships. A timely reminder that given the recent Alabama Senate election, the KKK and Nazi marchers in Charlottesville and the fight over statues we still have far to go.
This book was spot on! It tells the history of the Civil Rights Era exactly the way it happened, no sugar coating any where. I was so moved by this book that I let my 15 and 13yr old read it. They were inspired by the book and learned so much about the things that went on in the time their very own grandparents grew up in. They’ve heard the stories from their grandparents but their eyes really opened after reading Black Hearts White Minds.
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2018
This was quite a page-turner! The complex characters, the witty dialog and the gripping story had me on the edge of my seat. This work of historical fiction feels like a real life story, as the author pulls heavily from actual events and cultural references from the 1960s South. The characters really come to life right away as deep, complex and flawed individuals. I won't give anything away, but the twists and turns were not at all predictable, delighting me with every new chapter. I think ALL will enjoy this book, especially if you have an interest in the civil rights movement, the American South, or courtroom drama!
The author takes you on an emotional journey through a difficult time in America 's south that is still felt by many today. Parts of the book were graphically hard to read but necessary to get the true picture of that time in history. The range of emotions you experience include love, hate, sorrow, hope and redemption. Great read!
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat it was like to be black in the south in the mid-60’s
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2018
This was a great book of how segregation was like in Alabama in 1964. I recently went to a meeting where the author spoke and this book, his first, is somewhat autobiographical. It definitely defines where we were just a little more than 50 years ago and challenges us to determine how far we have progressed in our fair treatment of those different than we are.
I recommend this book to all who are troubled by race issues or who just seek to continue their personal journey to treating everyone according to the golden rule.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is great read. Mitch Margo has super storytelling talent and ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
This is great read. Mitch Margo has super storytelling talent and effectively uses the background of sport to surround an achingly familiar, but searing, civil rights tale in Alabama. His characters are memorable. I hope he writes another book soon'