There is nothing I can say to add to the power of these essays. The book is short, direct, and impactful. I’d heard of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and a handful of other civil rights activists, but never heard of Baldwin until reading Another Country. He’s so extraordinary, so intellectual, with the ability to create fiction that shatters your deeply held assumptions. He was never an “activist,” effecting change from the pulpit. He metabolized his ideas as novels, incredible novels, and I think history has remembered his genius as an artist rather than a figurehead. This quick but profound read strips back that layer of fiction for a peek into the mind of the man himself, and what a man.