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The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee
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Feb 22, 11

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

On Theme: I kept thinking of Steinbeck's "The Moon is Down." I read that one right after the start of the second Iraq War; this one in the midst of the Middle Eastern Revolutions. This is a book about the inevitability of resistance to oppression, published during the heart of the non-violent civil rights and militant black power movements, but pertinent even today.

On Everything Else: The voice of the book, the free-flowing dialogue and description, and the unassuming attention to a real world understanding of D.C., Chicago, and the diversity of Black communities at the time all make for a rich, easy read. The scene late in the book where the Cobra lieutenants and Freeman/Turk mimick Gone With The Wind is fantastic.

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