"In Blood & Bone
, Jack Shuler does a masterful job in writing about 'Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town,' the words of his subtitle...Only Shuler could have written this important book."
-- Post and Courier (Charleston)
"An impressive work of scholarship, written with a narrative flair and regard for historical accuracy, Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town
is highly recommended reading and a core addition to the growing body of literature on 20th Century race relations in the American South."
--Midwest Book Review
"Shuler makes clear that the reconciliation process is long and begins with listening to and paying attention to each other's stories. . . . Filled with the voices of men and women willingly or reluctantly responding to a journalist's probing, Shuler's report paints a dark picture with glimmers of light."
"Shuler does an excellent job of comparing present-day Orangeburg to the town of the 1960s."
Michael J. Goleman, "The Journal of Southern History," Vol. 79, #2, May 2013
"Jack Shuler's Blood and Bone is one of the best books ever written on a southern small town. The Orangeburg Massacre had a profound effect on me as it did for so many others living in South Carolina at the time and since. The massacre has blighted the image of Orangeburg like a blister that won't heal. Shuler has written a nuanced story of Orangeburg since that bloody night. He tells all sides of the story with fairness and compassion. The people we meet in these pages are wonderful and the final chapter is spectacular. Shuler gives us a moving love song to his home town."
"Jack Shuler's poetic account of the Orangeburg Massacre of 1968 achieves William Blake's command to see a world in a grain of sand--in this case, the grand American agonies of race and violence in an intimate story of a small Southern place."
--Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History
From the Inside Flap
A fresh perspective on the Orangeburg Massacre and its legacy