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The Tragic City: Birmingham 1963-2013 Paperback – March 25, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
After visiting relatives in Tennessee I made it a point to drive through Birmingham yesterday, my first visit there since 1968.
I cannot believe what I was saw. Even during the daylight hours I did not feel safe or comfortable as we drove all around this once beautiful, safe and thriving metropolis. It reminded me of a third world country. How sad sad sad what this city has become.
We stopped at a McDonalds for lunch and noticed several people staring at us because I guess we were the only white faces in the restaurant. As we were leaving I asked the store manager where the nearest gas station was and she very politely whispered that there was one two blocks down the street but added, "if I was you I wouldn't stop for gas around here?!". This was at noon on a main street in the United States and it's not safe for me and my family because we are white!!!!?????
My wife demanded we leave and keep going until the next county before we gassed up and said she was never getting anywhere near Birmingham ever again.
I guess living in a gated community and reading the New York Times has kind of kept me away from seeing the real world.
All I can say is.........I was shocked and dumbfounded! I guess being a hippie and hanging out with the popular/liberal in-crowd during my youth sort of put blinders over my eyes.
The author of this book has written a no holes barred and very politically and racially incorrect book but told it the way it is.
I was shocked by some of the comments the author made about the black politicians and administration of this town but after seeing it with my own eyes, the old saying, "YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW" certainly is appropriate (about Birmingham).
The author jumps around and his writing is definitely different and at times jumbled but he quotes a lot of news reports which I have checked out and verified the accuracy.
This book was a real eye opener for me and look forward to the next one from Mr. Kersey.
I bought the first-run paperback edition. The book is poorly edited. It needs to be re-edited and reprinted.
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Kersey, but I now plan on purchasing his other two.
It's come to define the city: with the civil right's movement representing the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
Paul Kersey delivers a look at what happened after white flight and the city transitioned to black political rule (going to nearly 3/4ths black in the process).
If you want a fair and balanced look at civil right's history... this is it.
Mr. Kersey's writing style, however, does a grave disservice to those of us who want the truth told. I have only made it to the 3% point in the Kindle version and am appalled at what I am reading. His grammar, syntax, flow, and punctuation are that of a C- 8th-grade student in a creative writing class. This, I am sorry to say, is consistent with virtually everything he writes.
Mr. Kersey: your message is an important one. PLEASE consider hiring an editor before you publish your next work. Thank you.