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A very important book that I am glad finally to have read
on April 30, 2017
I'm tempted to give five stars -- this book is so important for the information it contains, the analysis it presents, and the influence it had on the civil rights movement in the United States. On the other hand, it suffers from academese, overly long sentences with almost countless subclauses of polysyllabic Latinate words, and the final section of the book, covering the period after 1955, is of much lower quality than what came before. It is comparatively jumbled and without the same depth of insight.
On balance, every American should know the material in this book. Blacks so they know the history of public policy addressing them, whites so they understand why black people are angry about it, and everybody because it contains a lot of wisdom about political reaction and the harm it can wreak.