I could not put this book down once I started reading and I had to read it over again several times. Its impact is tremendous because the authors, two psychiatrists, "tell it like it is." I have followed the sparce scientific literature written by social scientists and psychiatrists, read the books and plays by black authors and playwrights, listened to radio and viewed television on the subjects of black problems. All of them seem trivial compared to the contents of this book. It should be studied by members of all the mental health disciplines, especially psychiatrists and recommended to our lay friends, not necessarily limited to so-called intellectuals.
The authors are two black psychiatrists who have their unique personal lives and experiences as essential backgrounds and have shared experiences with their black patients. As I read their case vignettes with a critical eye, I was