"An excellent window through which to take honest measure of the state."--Times Literary Supplement
"One of the most refreshing works on the state to appear in years. . . . Cobb writes in a style that is lively and personal. Georgia Odyssey is one of those rare works that effectively bridge the unnecessarily wide and often artificial gap between professional scholars and an informed public."--Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Cobb’s book proves that state histories do not have to be the stuff of graduate student nightmares. Clear, fast-paced, and thoroughly engaging, it is the sort of work that reminds readers of the narrative power of well-written history."--Florida Historical Quarterly
"Cobb is eminently qualified to lead the reader on an odyssey through the state’s history. This book is a delight to read. Throughout, Cobb is able to sustain a downhome, familiar style that seems to fit the subject perfectly.”--Journal of Southwest Georgia History
"If you want to know what makes the South tick, you might well look to James Cobb for insight.”--John Egerton
"The reader will put the book down with a deeper understanding of Georgia in all its contradictions. . . . Georgia Odyssey is no dry academic history . . . instead it's an engagingly written volume that sometimes reads more like an irreverent conversation than words on paper."--Athens Banner-Herald
About the Author
James C. Cobb is the B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia. His numerous publications include Georgia Odyssey; Redefining Southern Culture: Mind and Identity in the Modern South; and The Brown Decision, Jim Crow, and Southern Identity (all Georgia), as well as The South and America since World War II; Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity; The Selling of the South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-1990; and The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity.