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Dark Witness (One World)

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"You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. . . . Yes, take it all around, there is quite a good deal of information in the book. I regret this very much; but really it could not be helped."
--Mark Twain
Like his literary forebears--Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and yes, Mark Twain--Ralph Wi
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 7th 1997 by One World/Ballantine (first published April 2nd 1996)
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Douglas Graney
Sep 08, 2008 Douglas Graney rated it liked it
All of Wiley's books are good.
David Rush
Aug 01, 2016 David Rush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so here is me, some inconsequential white guy, reviewing a book mostly about race by a black guy who is an amazing writer. What could go wrong?

Quick aside...why aren't there more reviews of this book? There are hardly any on Goodreads or Amazon. I don't want any misstep here by me to be quite so visible. If Wiley had a fraction of the reviewers that Ta-Nehisi Coates had, I could be secure in my UN-noticablity.

Anyway, I was actually turned onto Wiley by Ta-Nehisi Coates where he quoted Wiley'
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Matt Carton
Jan 19, 2015 Matt Carton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book, a perfect picture of mid-90s America. Wiley's takes on Twain and OJ, in particular, are as fresh now as they were then. Indeed, I find it a huge shame that Wiley passed away ten years ago. I would love to know what he would think of Obama, Ferguson, and pretty much everything else. This book is a treasure.
Cat.
Sep 09, 2012 Cat. rated it really liked it
Very funny, with extremely dark (pun intended) humor. The author pulls no punches, which makes it possible for him to antagonize EVERYone. No surprise that his literary hero is Mark Twain! I had to stop reading, but I'd like to finish this someday.
Chi Chi
Jan 18, 2011 Chi Chi rated it liked it
Not my favorite collection of Wiley essays, but it still made me miss him. No one is writing about sports and race today as thoughtfully as he did.
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