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From the PublisherJames Baldwin A tremendous achievement.
Tom Wolfe Manchild in the Promised Land is Claude Brown's unforgettable epic of growing up as a boy on the streets of Harlem. His Zola-esque gift for slices of life is made all the more striking by his brilliant insights into character and social pressures.
Tom Wolfe New York Herald Tribune Incredible! No Negro writer ever told the whole street thing in Harlem: Claude Brown is the first.
Norman Mailer The first thing I ever read which gave me an idea of what it would be like day by day if I'd grown up in Harlem.
Dick Schaap Books This is a magnificent book, not a good book, not an interesting book, a magnificent book....It is a guided tour of hell conducted by a man who broke out.
Romulus Linney The New York Times Book Review It is written with brutal and unvarnished honesty in the plain talk of the people, in language that is fierce, uproarious, obscene and tender.
Nat Hentoff Book Week Sprung from the alley, a rare cat...As a survivor among the dying and the dead, Brown tells it like it was-and like it still is.
Atlanta Journal He writes about his life — and Harlem — with frank, brutal, and beautiful power. Mr. Brown's graphic narrative will make you laugh, cry, think, and possibly understand.
Daniel A. Poling Brown's Harlem is alive in a way that no black ghetto has heretofore been brought to life between book jackets.
William Mathes Los Angeles Times Sometimes a unique voice speaks out so clearly and with so much passion that it comes to speak for an era, a generation, a people...and we have to listen.