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If this happened to be a required book for your Race and Ethnicity class (as it was for mine), I apologize in advance. This book is symptomatic of the left-leaning, "group think" that occurs in sociological courses. Having had to read this book, I've once again lost the majority of my respect (the little that was left) for the social sciences. This book is difficult to read, both for its run-on sentences and its obvious political siding. Hall does a very poor job of putting complex thoughts into everyday language. That being said, unless you're willing to waste ten minutes of your time thinking about one page worth of writing, this book isn't for you.
As a side note and complaint of modern-day sociology/psychology, it's interesting to note how biased these fields are becoming. As a scientist myself, science is not something taken as opinion--but rather as fact. "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." And facts, ladies and gentlemen, are exactly what these classes seem to lack. This book provides us with few numbers, statistics, or any other means of evidence besides anecdotal. Don't waste your time if this isn't a required read.