Book Review: “Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock”



Wonderful and Wrenching


This is a gripping tale born out of an Everest of research. David Margolick
chronicles the brutal, crass attack heaped upon Elizabeth, a black high school
student who volunteered to help integrate Central High School in Little Rock.
The drama centers on a classic photographic image that stained America’s
reputation around the globe: an angry white girl shrieking the N word at her
teen enemy. For most of the book, we hope for and anticipate a fairytale ending
– a poignant and triumphant forgiveness leading to lasting reconciliation. The
reality is tougher than that; old hurts die hard despite the best intentions of
fragile people who honestly want a better world but don’t often know how their
human efforts can help craft one. This story is must-read: brutally honest and
filled with insights about a hard and yet unfinished chapter in our nation’s



About David B. Smith

I'm a math professor at San Bernardino Valley College - awesome place! - and author of adult Christian fiction. Lisa and I have two grown daughters and four grandkids.
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