Crossings: A White Man's Journey into Black America

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A Washington Post staff writer describes his journeys through a black world, evoking his efforts to cross over and engage blacks in a way whites generally do not. National ad/promo.

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An award-winning journalist and former staff writer for the Washington Post Magazine, Walt Harrington is currently Professor of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of At the Heart of It: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives and American Profiles: Somebodies and Nobodies Who Matter (both from the University of Missouri Press).

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"Honest and devoid of flackery...so different from what we're used to reading about blacks that it seems almost subversive."—Atlantic



"A message in a bottle floated out to white America about black America's remarkable diversity and resilience."—New York Newsday



"Vivid....a fascinating and enlightening montage for blacks and whites alike."—People



"Magisterial....An engrossing, multilayered portrait"as well as a touching personal odyssey."—Kirkus Reviews



"While Harrington wrote this book for white, middle-class American readers, blacks will enjoy his vignettes as well. [He] records voices from tomorrow's black history taking place today, voices that otherwise might have been overlooked."—Black Enterprise



"Candid and rich....Harrington remains a good companion, in part because he's wonderfully frank."—Los Angeles Times Book Review



"Mr. Harrington...brings a keen reportorial eye and a graceful writing style to his immense project."—New York Times Book Review



"Mr. Harrington...is gifted with an unintrusive style that permits his subjects to speak freely. Some of them share with him perceptions that they have been nurturing nearly all their lives."—Washington Times

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