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The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America
by Paul M. Barrett (Goodreads Author)
Larry Mungin spent his life preparing to succeed in the white world. He looked away from racial inequality and hostility, believing he'd make it if he worked hard and played by the rules. He rose from a Queens housing project to Harvard Law School, and went on to practice law at major corporate firms. But just at the point when he thought he'd make it, when he should have ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Plume
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Very very good book. It's a biography of a man who played by the rules but still felt he was cheated in the game. The book dissects the life, career and making of Lawrence Mungin, a Harvard-Harvard educated lawyer from Queens, New York. He lived a color blind existence, got out of the ghetto and got an ivy league education yet still faced racial discrimination at his law firm in terms of pay, equal assignments and advancement opportunities. A definite read for anyone interested in working in the ...more
Interesting read. I'm not sure he was a victim of racism himself, but his points are well taken and I don't think enough *white* Americans are familiar with his point of view. Patrick would also add that it's a good commentary on law careers as the system is currently evolving.
PAUL M. BARRETT I'm an assistant managing editor and senior feature writer at Bloomberg Businessweek. I've written two other books: American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion and The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America. I'm currently writing my 4th book about the fascinating legal battle in Ecuador pitting big oil against indigenous people and campesinos, not to mention a one ...moreMore about Paul M. Barrett...