I am not an African American. None the less I found this book extremely powerful. Did Nathan McCall make all the right decisions in his life? Hell, no. He even made some very bad ones. However, the emotions behind his story sound very real to me. Its very difficult growing up a minority in a Middle Class neighborhood where you are badly outnumbered. As a grade school student, Mr. McCall was badly outnumbered by his peers and teachers and this clearly shaped him into an angry young man. This book goes to show that young people need critical role models and all avenues during their growing up period of their lives. Teachers, principal, parents, children, police officers and more should all be constantly educated to the evils of prejudice versus Blacks, Jews, Spanish, Asian,and all other minorities. This memoir gives a very accurate account of what can happen when the evils of society corrupt our youth specifically minorities. Fortunately, Mr. McCall found some productive resources in society today. You may not agree with alot of what Mr. McCall did as a youth or even as an adult, but he addresses issues that are very critical in our world today. Therefore, he has given us a very valuable gift with this autobiography.
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McCall's autobiography?a seven-week PW bestseller?tracks his trajectory from the streets of Portsmouth, Va., to prison, rehabilitation and a job at the Washington Post; features a new introduction by the author. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.