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The Spook Who Sat by the Door

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    More for the 'impression', than the 'substance'

    Reading a novel is just like looking at an inkspot. The reader often interprets the symbols by what is foremost in their subconsciousness, rather than what is actually written. If your views are dark and violent, then that inkspot is bloody or vile. If your views are light and peaceful, then the inkspot is silky chocolate or a gravy stain. I read 'The Spook' many years ago. The impression, not the substance of the book, was one of the most vivid in my young life. A major turning point in my life. The main message of the book for me, was the importance of being underestimated, by both your enemies and your loved ones. Being underestimated by your enemies is a necessary and lethal weapon which can lull them into complacency or a false sense of superiority. And ultimatley, defeat. Being underestmated by your loved ones, can be a pleasant surprise, when you come to their aid or give them something that they never expected. This book taught me to quietly and methodically seek and conquer the obstacles in my life. To do...not talk. To celebrate...not boast. That it is more important to be successful than to appear successful.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    When I was a Child

    When I was about 12 years old, I read this book, I was an avid reader as I am now. This book will remind you of Colendozza Rice and Colin Powell. This book was written before there were significant numbers of minorities in the Civil Service. I would advise any one who studies race realtions to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    The Power of Knowledge

    I remember reading this book when I was in Junior High in the Bronx. I was in awe about what can black people can do if we would just united. Currently, I am serving my country in the Air Force and in my squad of 8 we are all black. Sometimes we would sit around and talk about issues that face our people today. After watching the movie version of this book. Alot of us decided to write the follow up stories. To me and alot of us black military members we love this book and it is a great inspiration to us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    SKIMMING THE WATERS OF NONFICTION

    At first, I refused to read any ficitonal books based on the urgency to acquire factual knowledge. After finally giving in to my brother's pleads to read it, a whole new world appeared. The world of imagination, creativity, and transliteration. So, I recommend the book to all the nonfictional zealous brothers out there (like myself).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    It will take all of us!

    This book is a must read for any and every one of African decent. This compelling book must be taught to children in every house hold by 'us'. We must take the responsibility for 'our' own and this book along with others like 'the Isis papers' but more importantly 'MIS-Education of the Negro' will take us there..if we are willing to go!

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