Four star review, originally posted here on May 15, 2018.
If you feel like being infuriated, then this is the book for you! It’s not like anything in this book is surprising to anyone who has studied an ounce of American history, but it never hurts to get a reminder of just how jacked up the world and its people can be and how low we can stoop. At the same time this painfully tragic tale, complete with super villains and heroes, gives hope that no matter how far gone society seems, there is a change to plant the seeds of growth and change. The one thing that did surprise me in the book was the development of a couple characters who eventually (though arguably too late) came around to realizing that they were a major part of a major problem. I also enjoyed learning more about Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP. I admit I really only knew the basics and highlights about both, and I’m now inspired to try to learn more about some of their many world-changing cases.
My review is really 4.5 stars. The thing that detracted a little for me was the way in which the author jumped around. Usually this doesn’t bother me at all in nonfiction, but somehow in King’s book it just kind of lost me at points. Sometimes we were left with cliffhangers, but we either never returned to that storyline, or else by the time we returned it was like “Wait what are we talking about here? Oh yeah…” I still highly highly recommend the book, but the execution could have been tightened up just a notch.