• Riveting . . . part of Baldwin's enduring power is that he was not a political thinker. He was interested in the soul's dark spaces much more than in the body politic.

    Colm Toibin, Telegraph
  • The great poet-prophet of the civil rights movement ... his seminal work

  • Sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle . . . all presented in searing, brilliant prose

    The New York Times Book Review
  • Baldwin writes with great passion ... it reeks of truth, as the ghettoes of New York and London, Chicago and Manchester reek of our hypocrisy

    Sunday Times
  • A true prophet . . . his thought and its utterance are nothing less than majestical

    Mario Puzo, The New York Times

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