Rain Taxi, Winter issue
"Ishmael Reed's writing is a nearly irresistible force. Anyone who wants to read Reed seriously had better come prepared with facts, an open mind, and perhaps even a seatbelt...An adept mix of documentation and outrage shapes most of the pieces...[Reed's] observations come in many registers, from the strident to the cool...In his ability to pull the comfortable rug out from under his readers and make us aspire to a higher ground of understanding, Reed is one of our most essential and irreplaceable voices."
Magill Book Reviews
Perceptive essays about social issues and media missteps, reminding readers why he is a provocative, respected writer, and thinker. It is tempting to compare Ishmael Reed to voices as varied as Mark Twain, Paul Robeson, or Susan Sontag, but that is incomplete and unfair to Reed. He is distinctive and fresh in his own right...This collection is less about race than sense...Spirited and bold throughout, never failing to enlighten...As an anthology, it is a treasure."