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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2012: Shortly after MLK Jr.’s assassination Reverend John Brooks, the future president of Holy Cross College, personally recruited and mentored 20 African-American students—five of whom (including Justice Clarence Thomas and author Edward P. Jones among others) are closely followed in Diane Brady’s impressively researched debut. --Jessica Schein
“Holy Cross, Black Power, and the Sixties could have been an unholy mix. A bold Jesuit priest made it a holy one. The story of Father John Brooks, Clarence Thomas, Ted Wells, and the others rings with power, pride, and human feeling. Fraternity and the saga it retells adds honor to my college.”—Chris Matthews, anchor, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews
“Diane Brady’s book brilliantly shows how the attention and concern of one man changed not only the course of these individual lives but the course of history. This book is a template of how we should all think about both our societal responsibility and the gift of mentorship.”—Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore
“An incredibly inspiring book . . . Diane Brady has captured the story not just of a group of amazing black men and their mentor but of an era. But most of all, Fraternity is about the power of hope, the power of presence in the lives of others, the power of mentorship, role modeling, and actionable belief. And this is why I see this book as the best modern-day example of the continued power of Dr. King’s Dream.”—John Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation HOPE and author of Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World
“Rife with questions about education that are as vital today as they were in the sixties, Fraternity is a reminder that success in life is often about being given the chance to succeed, and that great educators have the power to shape the course of history. This is an important story that will bring endless inspiration.”—Sampson Davis, author of The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
A very different look at the influence of a "band of brothers" on each other -- and eventually on American culture and history. Easy to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sparky
Brady has done us all a favor in writing this book. It is a great story that has important implications today on how progress is made and the risks that must be taken to achieve... Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. Chatman
I read this book because my son just started his freshman year at HC and I wanted to get a feel for the legacy as far as African American young people. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Debra A. Colquitt
It is an interesting tale of 5 young men who arrive at a white, middle class, Catholic university in the turbulent sixties. Read more
It is an interesting tale of 5 young men who arrive at a white, middle class, Catholic university in the turbulent sixties. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Owlink
I did not get what I ordered. I would like to have the book form of the Pact. I am very pleased with every thing else.Published 16 months ago by mable w.worthy
A fascinating story recounting the quest of one determined priest who was committed to do the right thing and bring a very prestigious Catholic college kicking and screaming into... Read morePublished 17 months ago by elizabeth terlizzi