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Reviews in Brief: The Big Black Lie by Kevin Jackson

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Kevin Jackson has a long and varied life which he seems to revel in recounting in this book, an autobiography of sorts. Now normally I am not keen on hearing celebrities prattle on about how tough they have had it. Jackson has two things over the normal fare. The first thing is that he is not a celebrity, and the second thing is that he is not whining. In fact, this book is a celebration of why he calls himself a conservative — and a Republican voting one at that.

The entire book is an attempt to explain why he came to this conclusion in contrast to what many of those in a similar situation conclude. He details the good, bad and the ugly in his life, letting the reader know in detail how they shaped the man he has become. Whether or not you agree with where he has ended up politically you will be hard placed to fault his tale. His conclusions are blunt and not for the faint, but its clear he has had a lifetime to think them over.

Jackson admits that he is not one of the greats as far as being a writer; there are some rough edges. The story he tells is compelling enough to drag the reader along. His life is varied and contains quite a few crossroads which could have led him down a path that has sadly affected many of his kin.

I found it hard to put this book down and read it in one sitting. Whether you agree with his conclusions on life and politics I think this book is highly recommendable. How did a black man with a non-attending womanizing father end up voting Republican? Kevin Jackson is only happy to tell you how. It would be a mistake not to listen.

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