Black Like Me

Black Like Me

Book rating: 05 Paperback Signet

By (author) John Howard Griffin

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  • Publisher: Signet
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0451234219
  • ISBN 13: 9780451234216
  • Edition: 50
  • Edition statement: 50th
  • Sales rank: 15,049

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'Black Like Me' captures the violence that perpetuated segregation, and is an eye-witness description of a system that existed within living memory. It comes with an epilogue describing the threats Griffin received and his later work campaigning alongside Martin Luther King.

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John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) is known internationally as the author of two novels, Nuni and The Devil Rides Outside, five books and monographs on racism in addition to Black Like Me, a biography of Thomas Merton, three collections of photography, a volume of journals, two historical works on Texas, a musicological study, and The John Howard Reader. Born in Dallas, Texas, and educated in France, he served in the U.S. Air Force in the South Pacific, where an injury he received during a Japanese bombardment eventually resulted in the complete loss of his sight. In the 1950's he converted to Catholicism, married, and raised a family. In 1957, (after ten years of blindness) he miraculously regained his sight.

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By Miss Mary 19 Feb 2013 5

A must read! I couldn't put this down - not only did it show great insight into the pure hatred and abuse that many "equal" Americans were shown during this time, but also just how much has (and has not) been accomplished since then. This book is relevant in any society where one or more persons is discriminated against based purely on their appearance.