The Spook Who Sat by the Door

by Sam Greenlee

In all his career as a professional Negro, Summerfeld had never before encountered a white liberal who actually wanted an original opinion from a Negro concerning civil rights, for they all considered themselves experts on the subject.

p. 3

I love clever writers, and Sam Greenlee is a very clever writer. The wry smile he wears as he puts down words is crystal clear on each page. As is his rage.

We been on our ass, but never on our knees and that’s what the white man don’t understand. He thinks it’s the same thing.

p. 81

It’s a spy thriller that manages to have some interesting things to say about race relations in America. It can feel heavy-handed at times, but maybe a more subtle approach wouldn’t work. Or maybe I’m just a white liberal considering myself an expert on Greenlee’s subject.

Anyway, I enjoyed it. It fed my radical soul, and I think it’s worth a read.