Rated of 5
by Walter from La.
This is truly a great book. Bragg captured perfectly the white South of the 1960s, 70s and 80s (I know because I was there). I have two criticisms of the book: (1) it would have been better had it been more chronological, and (2) it was the Haitian military and its puppetmasters in Washington who brought back misery to the Haitian people in the 1990s, not Jean-Bertrand Arisitide or his party. Unknown's criticism that Bragg ignored people of color is way off the mark. Southern racism is condemned throughout the book. But Bragg goes further and makes us confront class, which Americans are notoriously uncomfortable with discussing. Bragg can rightfully claim a place with Faulkner, Welty and Williams.