Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance

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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.12 pounds

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About the Author
Alvin Hall has been training and counseling a wide range of financial service companies and institutions in the United States and around the world for the last twenty years. He lives in New York City.

"Alvin Hall's Driving the Green Book is a tour-de-force blending exhaustive research, exquisite writing, and emotionally resonant visuals. The book is also a testament to Black resilience during the Jim Crow era, the strategic thinking that helped Black families not only endure but to prevail over tyrannical anti-Black laws, and the ingenuity that held Black communities together from east to west, north to south. This is a must-read." -- Bakari Sellers, New York Times bestselling author of My Vanishing Country

"[A] poignant...journey along America's open roads, delving into the country's racial past, detailing the Green Book's life-saving history and bringing it all together in one remarkable read."
-- Smithsonian Magazine round-up of Ten Best Books about Travel of 2023

"Alvin Hall's thrilling, deeply researched and illuminating exploration of the world of the Green Book - revealing, enraging and inspiring in equal measure - is a journey all Americans must take. Nothing tells us more about the country we have been, the country we remain in so many ways, and the country we should aspire to be."
-- Ric Burns, filmmaker

"A historical examination of a sublime act of Black resistance. . . . Driving the Green Book paints a painful picture of one aspect of the oppression Blacks endured during Jim Crow, while also illustrating the power of the human spirit to subvert an unconscionable system and still experience joy." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"This smart, lively, and timely book is a testament to friendship and self-discovery and a reminder that the road to racial progress has been marked by dead ends and wrong turns. And yet there are so many beautiful and brilliant stories in these pages of family joy, courage, defiance, and triumph over the many racist indignities along the North/South highways of Jim Crow America, I couldn't put the book down. Driving the Green Book is a terrific place to start your own journey to understanding the nation's recent past and to chart a course for a better future."
-- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

"Illuminating. . . . Hall pays moving tribute to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Black Americans who hit the road, despite the dangers. This historical travelogue inspires and educates." -- Publishers Weekly

"Driving The Green Book is an extraordinary journey through history exploring Black Americans' 400 year tradition of providing safety, shelter, survival, and sanctuary for our community in our quest to live the American dream. The book is beautifully written, educational and inspiring."
-- Emil Wilbekin, Founder of Native Son

"Revisiting a vital resistance and survival tool for Black Americans....A hard-charging resurrection of Black lives in Jim Crow America." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This book provides a window into an overlooked position that discrimination forced Blacks into. . . . This well-written account will appeal to readers interested in civil rights, Black history, and travel literature." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Compelling . . . a book that brings history to life, while also reminding us that history is not so far in the past." -- Book Riot

"Required Reading: 10 Black Authors to Get into in January 2023." -- Ebony

"Readers who love to travel will want to tuck this in their carry-on or console. If there's a bit of quiet activism inside you, "Driving The Green Book" will fuel it." -- Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Sez, syndicated column