Top positive review
You feel proud reading this book.
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
This is a very thorough, well written, inspiring book about these young black students that organized the non violent cafe, and diner sit ins in the south. I happened on the book because had first read a book on the fifties by the same author (which I also recommend) and was so impressed with the writing, style, how interesting it was, that I read one of his also on the Vietnam war (the best and brightest in the White House, how we really got in there, what they knew, etc.) then this book.
The Children is riveting reading. You feel like you are there, and the students and their pastor/teacher etc. all together are, and this is not hyperbole, awe inspiring. They are very human, but so dignified to go to what I would see as superhuman control to not reply with violence, knowing that would allow the segregationists, the north, every one to just dismiss them.
Some very terrifying incidents in there also. The book follows from the start of the movement, it’s people, it’s adversaries, even later some one they believed was adversary who turns out to be their benefactor. He follows also after it is not just that section of history and many of them went on to be known, and also many had a hard time dealing with “normal life” after risking it all every day.
It is a powerful book. I was very moved and again, in awe of these students. They are some of the best of us, but also human and their stories don’t just stop after the freedom rides, etc. human.