"No book I have read so convincingly portrays the condition of black America. Even the intensely personal disclosures of Richard Wright, James Baldwin, John A. Williams and other novelists do not have its impact.... Remarkable."
Thomas R. Frazier, 'Chicago Tribune Book World'
"A book that takes account of the ambiguities in the psychological make-up of black people and, of course, all the rest of us. To their great credit they consistently refuse to strip the black man of his humanity."
Robert Coles, 'The New Republic'
"For whites the book [is] basic education.... To blacks who can read with coolness, [it] offers that hardest lesson of all: suspicion is justified, but paranoia is a disease."