I only purchased the book as a requisite for a college course. I found the readings and article to be well-written with competence and valid insight. The book was a catalyst for thought as well as compassion. There is a raw quality of information provided about the American society which helps one to understand others in a more inclusive way.
my son had this as an honors text in sociology senior year. it was was above his skill level. I would recommend this only for students that have had honors history and english for sophomore and junior year.