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God'll cut you down The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi

Safran, John. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780698170537 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
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  • Publisher: 2014.

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Summary, etc.: An unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson, for fans of "Serial."A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race—or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex.John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race. When he learned of Barrett's murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case. During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder—white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime—and the people involved—seemed to be. In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone's life—and death—can be.This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider's point of view.
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Electronic reproduction. New York : Riverhead Books, 2014. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 7026 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
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  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2014 November #1

    Safran's book will make readers chuckle, fidget, and turn page after page wondering what will happen next as the author looks to find the truth about the murder of a white supremacist by a black man in the deep South. The dark humor in this real-life tale mostly comes from Safran, an Australian Jewish documentary filmmaker and comedian, who is a fish out of water as he navigates Jackson, MS. The writing is personal and blunt, as though the reader is peeking into the author's thoughts during his investigations. Safran often addresses other well-known true crime books such as Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. This work is similar in a way in that there is a culture clash between the author and the community where the murder happened, but Safran injects his perspective as a true outsider into a place that is friendly but soaked in history that contributes to the case. The author talks with the police, neighbors, white supremacists, and the killer as he digs into the truth, or many versions of it. VERDICT This true crime book will stick with readers. Safran does a great job of looking at the murder from multiple perspectives and brings in his own experience learning about the culture, which is in itself a character. For fans of true crime, Southern tales, and books similar to Capote's and John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. [See Prepub Alert, 6/2/14.]—Ryan Claringbole, Coll. Lib. at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

    [Page 96]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2014 June #2

    After interviewing infamous white supremacist Richard Barrett in Mississippi for a film on race, Safran, a white Jewish Australian documentarian born in that state, learned that Barrett had been murdered by a young black man named Vincent McGee. He returned to investigate. As he shows here, the crime was a lot more complicated than what it first appeared to be: an inversion of the race crimes that dominated the Old South. The book promises to be an impassioned study of race, money, sex, and power, with a touch of humor.

    [Page 65]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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