• White Lies

  • The Double Life of Walter F. White and America's Darkest Secret
  • By: A.J. Baime
  • Narrated by: Wayne Carr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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A riveting biography of Walter F. White, a little-known Black civil rights leader who passed for White in order to investigate racist murders, help put the NAACP on the map, and change the racial identity of America forever.

Walter F. White led two lives: one as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and the NAACP in the early 20th century; the other as a White newspaperman who covered lynching crimes in the Deep South at the blazing height of racial violence. Born mixed race and with very fair skin and straight hair, White was able to “pass” for White. He leveraged this ambiguity as a reporter, bringing to light the darkest crimes in America and helping to plant the seeds of the civil rights movement. White’s risky career led him to lead a double life. He was simultaneously a second-class citizen subject to Jim Crow laws at home and a widely respected professional with full access to the White world at work. His life was fraught with internal and external conflict - much like the story of race in America. Starting out as an obscure activist, White ultimately became Black America’s most prominent leader. A character study of White’s life and career with all these complexities has never been rendered, until now.

By the award-winning, best-selling author of The Accidental President, Dewey Defeats Truman, and The Arsenal of Democracy, White Lies uncovers the life of a civil rights leader unlike any other. 

©2022 A.J. Baime (P)2022 by HarperCollins Publishers
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A difficult but essential read

A must read to understand the foundation of modern race relations and the struggle for equality. A difficult but essential look at the struggle against lynching, the early days of the NAACP, the Harlem Renaissance, and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Informative but Weird

I have a hard time shaking the feeling that Walter White is just a race shifter that used his position of privilege to Crosslines because he had a few Black ancestors hundreds of years prior.

there's a lot of good information in this book a lot of things I didn't know about previously but the voice that it is written in is unmistakably weird.... it mentions over and over and over again that Walter was the black man when in fact he is not he's playing his skin is white black man he is a blonde hair white skin white man who went to college for a semester and decided because he had a great great great great grandmother who was black that he too was black. he used his position as a white man to get all kinds of Grants and awards because of his work with the NAACP, but I never would have read the book knowing that. Or that it was written by another white man 🙄🙄🙄🙄

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Exceptional recasting of historical events.

loved it. appreciated learning more about Mr. White's exceptional contributions to the Civil Rights movement.

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Another Piece Of Omitted History

prejudice is alive and well in 2022. fortunately President Biden was able to put into law with the help of Congress the law against lynching. from Truman to Biden that's how long it took to pass legislation protecting black people protecting all people from lynching. we have to keep in mind there are always lawbreakers and what will be the punishment for them when they break the lynching law. it's sad to think that Mr White was discriminated against because of who he chose to marry after his divorce. it goes against everything he was fighting for. what a shame it is that people questioned his race simply because his hue was not dark enough. it seems we cannot win we are either too dark or too light to make people happy.

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Interesting

I had heard of Walter Whit before but never at this level. I learned a tremendous amount of history from reading this book. If you like history, read it.


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