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Black Like Me: The Definitive Griffin Estate Edition

Black Like Me: The Definitive Griffin Estate Edition [Kindle Edition]

John Howard Griffin , Robert Bonazzi , Studs Terkel , Don Rutledge
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"In November 1959 white Dallas native John Howard Griffin visited a New Orleans dermatologist and began the process of becoming a black man. His book about his experiences traveling the deep South in disguise, "Black Like Me," sent shock waves through the country when it was first published a little more than 50 years ago." --"Dallas Morning News" (February 2012)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 949 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0930324722
  • Publisher: Wings Press; 2 edition (1 April 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JSLXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Like Me - Revisited 3 Aug 2013
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I first read this book when I was a student in the 60's and it moved me to tears - I couldn't believe man's inhumanity to man. Don't know why I wanted to read it again but it still has the same effect - I just hope we have learnt we are all the same under the skin - but have we?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 31 Jan 2013
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What an amazing man. As a Brit and knowing a bit about American civil rights( same as the average person)my eyes were opened to just how difficult it was for black Americans, he gave me such an insight into that period of time. Putting himself in great danger he was certainly changed by the experience.I bought this book after hearing a programme on the BBC World Service, it was a recorded conversation with him after his experience. If you love reading about inspiring people or are interested in American history then you should enjoy this. I hope children in America are still being taught about him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible book 29 Nov 2012
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I couldn't believe that I managed to reach the age of 62 and had never heard of this book. I am so grateful to a review programme on Radio 4 for introducing it to me. I understand it is required reading in American schools. I can't think of a single criticism. It is the true story of a very brave journalist who conducted an experiment on racial prejudice in the Southern States of America in the early 60s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Jun 2010
By Alex Malinovich - Published on
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I picked this up completely on a whim after hearing someone mention it online. It is absolutely an amazing work. To really get a feel for how far this country has come in 50 short years, and to really understand how far we have left to go, you need to read this.

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.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All 12 Jun 2010
By B. Peters - Published on
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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin should be required reading for America. It challenges and troubles the reader. Mr. Griffin's bravery in embarking upon such a strange quest is most appreciated yet puzzling. The information he gleaned about the deeper aspects of African-American life in racially-divided America is on target. Instead of glossing over the realities of the plight of a brown-skinned person in America, he confronted it head on. I wonder if I will ever see an America that could read and discuss such a book with a deep desire to understand another person's world?
Barbara Peters, Author (Adulterous Heart ISBN:978=1442188105)
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior version 15 Nov 2009
By E. Jankowski - Published on
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I bought this hard cover version of the book. The cover is helpful to remember when reading. And this version has a number of pictures in the middle that current paperbacks do NOT have that really give insight into the reality of the story. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST books I have read 25 Aug 2011
By Debstake - Published on
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I read this book in the 70's while in high school. It has to be one of the best books I have ever read. And the book that made me appreciate the life long work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am a white woman who was raised in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. At the time there were no people of color (any color) in my small town. Most were of Irish/German/Polish ancestry. I never saw any form of racism UNTIL I picked up this book.

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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading 29 Jan 2012
By P. Wyatt - Published on
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A previous reviewer suggested that this book should be required reading in high school. When I was in high school in the '60's, it was required reading for my class. I don't recall much about that year high school any more, but I remember this book. I couldn't put it down then, and although I haven't re-read it in all these years, I still think about it to this day. That is the mark of an incredible book. Read this book and allow it to seep into your pores. It will change you forever. And I WILL be re-reading this book.
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