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The author's own assessment of his project and its usefulness could hardly be improved upon: ""Readers of all faiths and persuasions are invited. The segregationist reader may choose to look upon the book as a compilation of evidence that he does indeed have some very resourceful people on his side, working diligently to keep the Negro 'in his place'; the integrationist reader may find it valuable as a sort of intelligence report on The Enemy; and the disinterested reader (if such there could possibly be these days) is invited to consider it as a small but sincere study of a colorful and immeasurably important sociopolitical phenomenon of life in America."" Himself a ""deep Southerner"", Mr. Cook ""reckons"" he is a ""desegregationist"". He travelled throughout the South interviewing Klansmen, Citizens' Council spokesmen, and Racists of all stripes. He is a first-rate reporter, and with an absolute minimum of personal intrusion, he draws a memorable and animated portrait of each and every subject. Integration is not an issue that resolves itself in simple terms of black and white. Mr. Cook's most valuable contribution here is to show us that ""there is still a lot of fight left in the segregationists. And--they are human beings; to miss that point is to miss a great deal.

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1962
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts