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"A must-read, thorough, detailed and powerful. It's a story we need to know and never forget."

 —Bryan Stevenson

__author of Just Mercy

"Extraordinary. . . [Phillips] 

lays bare a telling paradox

of historical amnesia and unforgettable terror. "

—Taylor Branch

__author of Parting the Waters

"[Phillips] faces the specter

of a bloody history without turning his back on the hope the present has brought us."

—Tayari Jones

__author of Leaving Atlanta








"A vital investigation . . .  of the process by which racial injustice is perpetuated in America."   

—John Lewis, U. S. Congressman


"So timely and necessary. . .  A

powerful reckoning with the past."

—Natasha Trethewey, U. S. Poet Laureate