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God’ll Cut You Down| A review

God’ll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi, by John Safran.

When you saw the title, you may have thought, “Oh. Another one of those religious books Don likes.” You are not even close. This is less safe for the workplace than the other books I usually recommend. Imagine that Monty Python has decided to start writing true crime stories. John Safran is a Jewish Australian writer who makes documentaries with a comic twist. While working on one of these projects he meets a white supremacist in Mississippi, goes home to Australia, only to discover that he has been murdered. Safran goes back to Mississippi and discovers that racial issues are a bit weirder than he thought. The white supremacist lived in a black neighborhood where all his neighbors seemed to like him. The murder does not seem to be racially motivated. And the suspect, who has confessed to both the murder and to burning the victim’s house down to cover up the crime, has no one in the African American community championing his cause. This book was read by the author, which takes a little getting used to, is intriguing and funny. I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.


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