- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: December 24, 2003
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0001A0W2K
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As a white male, I've always been offended by the term 'white privilege', because it implies that I somehow didn't work for what I have. But having read this, I can finally appreciate it. My 'white privilege' has nothing to do with me not working hard and not deserving the things that I have accomplished. I have worked hard, and I do deserve those things.
But these are things that blacks never had the opportunity to do. No matter how smart they were, no matter how well dressed, or well spoken, no matter how *white* they tried to appear to blend in, they would never be given the opportunity to prove themselves on their own merits. Their opportunities were taken away before they ever had a chance to even attempt to do grab them.
And while I can definitely appreciate how far we have come in a relatively short time, I am now able to see with a fresh new perspective the things that are still wrong with our thinking today.
Barbara Peters, Author (Adulterous Heart ISBN:978=1442188105)
This book opened my eyes and made me understand a LITTLE bit of what life was like during the 50's and still are like for some to this day. We need to take a lesson from this man. If I could I would give this book 1000 stars.
What came to mind as I finished reading this book today was, the incredible and hard-to-imagine courage that John Howard Griffin showed, in taking on this project. He certainly could have been killed and did endure injury and repeated threats to himself and to his family because of what he did.
I found the additional information about Griffin's life, fascinating too. I did not realize that he was blind for 10 years, earlier in life and also that he died at the early age of only 60.
His was a life that mattered. This is a story that will not and should not be forgotten. I hope that it is still on reading lists in schools. The history and relevance of this story will never die.
The style of the book, which reads alike to a diary or journal, allows the reader to feel as if they were in Griffin's head or following him as he went about his experiment. I felt this style to well fit the nature of the topic and gives this non-fiction work more concrete footing in the reader's mind. After reading this book, I felt that for the sake of what Griffin wished to accomplish he succeeded and was able to create a great end product, though personally I wish he had taken the opportunity to visit more places and gain more experience than only the Deep South, though this may be a result of being from the northern United States.Read more ›
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The book was written in 1960 and is still relevant today. John Howard Griffin turned himself into a Black man using medications and sunlamp treatments. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bwhami
I liked the idea of the book and appreciate the message, but something about it bothered me. At the start of the book he dyed his skin but at the end he was using shoe polish. Read morePublished 11 days ago by limberjim007
I first read this book when I was a teenager in a small town in Oklahoma at the urging of my mother. It was eye-opening and I was appalled by the truth within its covers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diana Anderson
Excellent true story! Have read twice in my life--in college many years ago and again last month, 40 yrs later. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. R. maffe
this book is revolutionary! absolutely recomend this to everyone! i believe this should be a must read in all high schools. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Allen Cecilio
It's an interesting read with different viewpoints. It comments on a controversial time in United States history, but it is a good commentary and it offers an inside look into... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Bethancourt
a wonderful story-true. I read it years ago and reread it to remember. What it was like to be a black man and how he is treated is something I
thought about but this really... Read more