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Reviewed by Fiza Pathan for Readers' Favorite
The Color of Character by accomplished author Glen Shuld is a gem in the history of a certain part of the 20th century, one that everyone around the world has come to recognize as very important in the integration process of schools in the 1960s and 1970s, especially after the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Like the author and his family in The Color of Character, we as global citizens wish for equality and brotherhood among people of all races. However, Glen Shuld brings up in his memoir many different ways we have dealt with the topic of racial discrimination and how exactly do we treat another person, be he or she from any section of society or race. The genius that lies behind the book is the fact that there are no races, religions, castes, and other denominations in the world; in the end there are only two types of people we come across in life - the good and the bad.
The Color of Character is a great book which intellectually discusses topics dominant in the USA of 1970, like racism, integration in schools, relationships, the Vietnam war, the psychedelic era, the Beatles and, most importantly, what is the character and conduct below the ‘color’ which lies within us. The characters in this book are unforgettable, especially Grandma Mae, Grandfather Leo, Ken, Mr. Wendell and Melva. There are a lot of sociological and contemporary history themes and topics to chew upon in this book with a bit of morality which doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Descriptions are crisp and beautiful to read. This book is a shining example of excellent literature required in our troubled times these days, which makes it a winner. This book deserves an award.