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ISBN 10: 0030055296 / ISBN 13: 9780030055294
Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, NY, 1985
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8vo, pp. 125. A fine copy in dj. A discussion of race, etc. in America. Bookseller Inventory # 52729

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Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, NY

Publication Date: 1985

Edition: First Edition.

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From Publishers Weekly - The Atlanta child-murders case, in which Wayne Bertram Williams was arrested in 1981, is the focus of this short, maddeningly discursive book. At the suggestion of a Playboy editor, Baldwin visited Atlanta, attended Williams's trial and spoke to principals, but this book is not a work of reportage on the case against Williams. Rather, it is an extended essay on U.S. race relations. Often Baldwin is vivid and powerful, as when recalling the terrors of his Harlem boyhood and imagining poor black Atlanta children stepping into strangers' cars: "To be poor and Black in a country so rich and White is to judge oneself very harshly and it means that one has nothing to lose." Black Atlanta (its officials, the victims and the defendant) provides a point of departure for Baldwin's ruminations on deep and familiar concerns, but this book lacks the impact of his earlier works. October 31 Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this searing and moving essay, James Baldwin explores the Atlanta child murders that took place over a period of twenty-two months in 1979 and 1980.

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