The Seminar Studies in History series has proved invaluable to countless students over the years. But this one is very disappointing. It reads less like careful historical analysis than a TV script. The author seems happier as a cheerleader for the civil rights activists than as a social and political historian. There are gaping holes in the attempt to describe the strategies of Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson and the contexts in which they operated. Some contentious direct quotations are given without attribution. A charitable explanation is that the author didn't want to make an exciting story too dull and data-laden. But if that is so, this superficial book should have gone to a different publisher and should not have been included in the Seminar series.