Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

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10 Critic Reviews

Black Like Me remains for me a brutal record of the indignities suffered by blacks in segregated America; it is also a reminder of how, in some respects, things have progressed.
-Guardian

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This American classic has been corrected from the original manuscripts and indexed, featuring historic photographs and an extensive biographical afterword.
 

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John Howard Griffin is best known as the author of the classic Black Like Me, first published in 1961, an account of his experiences traveling through the American deep South disguised as a black man. He was also an accomplished photographer and the author of several other books, including A Hidden Wholeness: The Visual World of Thomas Merton and Scattered Shadows: A Memoir of Blindness and Vision.
 
Published April 1, 2006 by Wings Press. 246 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Above average
on Oct 27 2011

Black Like Me remains for me a brutal record of the indignities suffered by blacks in segregated America; it is also a reminder of how, in some respects, things have progressed.

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Examiner

Good
on Jan 16 2012

"Black Like Me" is an educational must-read that should be reviewed and pondered,...and reflect on our part in this world, dip into history with a copy of Griffin's first-hand report, and work for a better tomorrow. Happy reading.

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Examiner

Above average
on Feb 06 2011

Black Like Me delivers content much like the musings of philosopher Socrates. Griffin’s writing also encourages contemplation and awareness.

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Christian Science Monitor

Above average
on Nov 04 2011

As a curious white girl who explored Monticello's dank slave quarters, I found Griffin's lens on race relations riveting.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Above average
on Oct 04 2011

Griffin, who was raised in Fort Worth, described his journey in "Black Like Me" (1961), a book that stands apart as a singular project on race.

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Chron

Above average
on Sep 30 2011

Griffin, who was raised in Fort Worth, described his journey in Black Like Me (1961), a book that stands apart as a singular project on race. Wings Press in San Antonio has just published a 50th anniversary edition.

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Islington Tribute

Above average
on Feb 04 2010

But it is still a shocking read because the ignorance and cruelty it describes are so recent. It also reminds us that the mind-twisting that led to the conviction then that black people were inferior can occur in any society...

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Teen Ink

Good

Black Like Me will grab your attention so that you will never put it down. It is both educational and interesting.

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Teen Ink

Above average

Black Like Me is a book for every American to read. It is a straight dose of the truth on racial issues, but it is also an inspiration because it allows us to see how far we have come and it gives us hope to continue our struggle to unite America.

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Teen Ink

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I recommend Black Like Me to anyone looking for a straightforward, heartfelt book. Once I started reading,I couldn't put it down!

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