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Man in the Mirror: John Howard Griffin and the Story of Black Like Me

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In 1959 a white writer darkened his skin and passed for a time as a "Negro" in the Deep South. John Howard Griffin was that writer, and his book Black Like Me swiftly became a national sensation. Few readers know of the extraordinary journey that led to Griffin's risky "experiment" - the culmination of a lifetime of risk, struggle, and achievement. A native of Texas, Griff ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Orbis Books (first published August 1997)
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Lily
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this one as a teenager and it remains one of my all time favorite books. The message is to know what it is like to walk a day in someone else's shoes; the grass is not greener. It's about understanding and compassion. ...more
Cindy
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Couldn't find the exact cover of the one that I read. My copy is very old and very dogeared. Looks like more people have it on thier to-read shelves than have actually read it. In fact it is an old paperback with the actual price of 60 cents as selling price. I have a hard time seeing skin color on people. I know that prejudice is really felt by people, especially in the era of this book. But i just don't feel it. ...more
Steph
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A great companion to Black Like Me. I especially appreciate the role of religion in his life and the role/ lack of role it plays in prejudice.
Steve Adams
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sensitive, serious study of an exceptional human being. Probably we would all benefit from a similar portrait but the author (if this isn't an under-characterisation) of Black Like Me deserves a portrait like this to show us what kind of man would become the subject of his own dangerous experiment. Griffin had fought against German fascism as a member of the French resistance, and had been blind for 10 years before regaining his sight. He was a novelist and a convert to Roman Cath ...more
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