The Spook Who Sat by the Door

The Spook Who Sat by the Door

by Sam Greenlee
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Spook Who Sat by the Door 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I heard the title of it plugged in a sociology book. I was under the impression that the whole book would be about a man who worked with the CIA to find out their faults and see what it's like for a black man to work under these circumstances. But then he left the CIA within a few chapters and I was like 'What?' The rest of the book...? I really don't know what rating to give this book. I don't agree with killing for freedom but at the same time, I ironically understood many of Freeman's decisions. I can't give this book five stars because I don't agree with the overall turn-out of the book, but I would have to give it four and a half because it was a page-turner, interesting, intriguing, enlightening, and educational. This is definitely a clean, tight story with an organized writer.
MsDonaQuixote More than 1 year ago
This book was a Valentine's Day gift from my husband. I had been saying for about 2 years (after I heard about this book) that I wanted to read it. Well, I did. It was poignant and I am glad that I got to read it. I highly recommend this read that will cause you to laugh and want to cry. It speaks to some of the thought patterns that is evident today...timeless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Spook Who Sat by the Door is no 'eerie tale' as some critics have dubbed it but, indeed, outlines a situation which could really happen if white people continue to oppress racial minorities. In fact, white people were so afraid of the possibility of 'infiltration of the CIA by blacks' that they banned the movie version of the book! A black man 'toms' his way to the top of his craft but, in his spare time and the wee hours, is training a cadre of black revolutionaries to take over America. Although the plot is uncovered by book's end, thke revolution is put into motion and those who read it will see how simple it is to trick the white man and how easy it would be to cripple this system.
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divadog257 More than 1 year ago
I remember this book when I was in high school my senior year I thought it was a good book to read. At the time I was deny a job that I thought I was getting and the employer said so to but when I reported to work, he said that I had a record and he could not employ me because of that fact. it was a lie I was very upset I knew it was because he wanted to give it to someone else. I'll leave it like that. But a friend gave me this book to read and it made since to me why he did what he did the book didn't make me angry but aware of what's going on in the work force so I educated myself so I could be the employer instead of being the employee. Being older now I still say it's a good book to read it has a point to make. And it did just that I give it a 4 star
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!