A horrifying description of the system of mass incarceration that has been created during our lifetimes. It is powerfully written, and I can understand why it is so heavily cited by more recent books on race. Still, it was a bit repetitive, covering the same ground over and over, and also left virtually no room for hope that we might solve this problem. The last chapter is quite different and offers an inciteful look at the challenges we face in the area of civil rights. If you can't make it through the first few chapters, the last one is worth skipping to.