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The Voice That Challenged a Nation by Russell Freedman
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Jan 29, 2009

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A competent book about the life of Marian Anderson, evidently well researched and presenting a good amount of detail and a lot of photographs in 90 pages. What it doesn't convey, which one might expect from the title, is any passion that Marian Anderson may have had about the struggle for equal rights. I'm left wondering whether she had any deep feelings about the issue or was merely caught in the grind of history. In either case she played her role without backing down, becoming a focal point for those who did care passionately, but it would be interesting to learn something of what was in her heart.

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