"Kershner uses the story of Maxey's life to show the barriers that African Americans faced in Spokane, even though the city was not in the South and could pride itself in having no segregation laws. . .The state has changed since then. This book is the story of one man who helped change it."—Seattle Times
"Reads like a modern Dickens tale."—Law & Politic, Summer 2009
"Jim Kershner's biography of activist Carl Maxey is not only inspirational and informative, but because it is so well written it is also a pleasure to read."—Carlos Schwantes, University of Missouri—St. Louis
We, who think our city is open-minded and not prejudiced learned a whole different story.
He was also a person people loved to hate because he was a fierce adversary in the courtroom and stood up for the under privileged.
Even if Carl Maxey had not become a local hero, Jim Kershner's book would still be worth reading.
Really enjoyed this book! Local history lesson for me, and the book was well writen. I live in the area that it is written about, and learned a lot.Published 10 months ago by fran
Jim Kershner did a great job writing this book and he labored long and hard in his research. I had the pleasure of knowing Carl personally for many years and working for him for... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mdornquast
Not only does the book give us incredible insight into one of
Spokane's great men, it also give us an insight into what
kind of life Maxey lived as a child, and as a man. Read more
Anyone who is interested in the history of Spokane should read this book. Maxey was a bigger-than-life colorful character who made a difference in one very white community. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Mary Shinn
A true story following the life of Carl Maxey, eastern Washington's first black attorney. As a person who grew up in eastern Washington, it was curious for me to learn about Maxey... Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Sunny