“Hartnett is a superb writer who knows what can be produced when you research the past and learn what ‘regular people’ are reading.”
—Robert B. Stepto, reviewing for Washington Post.
“Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett’s biography of Harry Golden is, at 266 pages of text, the right length. She does not scant any of her subject’s faults and brings out his virtues.” — Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal
“Hartnett has written a marvelous biography of a man with numerous and ambiguous American, Southern, and Jewish identities….It is a page-turner well worth the attention of scholars and laypeople.” – Mark Bauman, American Jewish Archives Journal. (Bauman is editor of To Stand Aside or Stand Alone, based on interviews conducted by the late Rabbi Allen Krause of Southern rabbis concerning their positions on the Civil Rights movement.)
“A superbly written, solidly researched book… will stand as a moving portrait of a man whose life and work, in Hartnett’s words, trace the ‘arc of the civil rights movement.’ ” —David Laskin, author of The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century, in Seattle Times.
“Most importantly, Hartnett places Golden’s life and work in historical context, drawing masterfully on a wide range of secondary sources to make an eloquent case that remembering Golden still has value 35 years after his death—especially as equal voting rights are again coming under attack. ” -Matt Buckingham in Willamette Week
From Charlotte News & Observer:
“Comprehensive, expertly researched and engagingly written.”
–Sam Shapiro, Charlotte Observer See the full review.
From CHOICE connect:
(A publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries/American Library Association)
“This book describes a significant chapter of American political history, serves as a supplemental resource for social and cognitive psychology, and will appeal as a well-told, stranger-than-fiction tale.” See full review.
From Library Journal:
“…This highly readable and recommended biography will be a welcome addition to public and university libraries, especially those with interests in Jewish American culture, the civil rights movement,
and the American South.”
–See the starred review on April 15, 2015.
From Kirkus Review:
“Hartnett pulls no punches in describing the life and career of the Jewish American humorist perhaps best known for his bestselling first book, Only in America (1958)…Much more than the biography of one man, however, this is a well-told account of the civil rights movement, describing significant milestones in its history, the splits among its leaders, and the various forms that activism took. A solid piece of research that reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of a now-forgotten man who loved a good story and could put a comic spin on important social issues.”
(See the full review.)
From Commentary Magazine:
[Golden]…is the subject of a brisk, thoroughly researched, and mostly admiring biography by Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett.”
(See the full review.)
From North Carolina Historical Review:
This book “…makes a lively and convincing case that Golden made people care about Jews, the South, and civil rights. At the same time, it makes the reader care about Harry Golden.” –Marlene Trestman
“Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett’s fascinating new book, Carolina Israelite, reminds us of the old aphorism that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Written in sparkling prose and bristling with insight, her authoritative biography of Harry Golden reconstructs the extraordinary life of a Jewish ex-con from New York who, after resettling in North Carolina in 1941, became a best-selling author and a powerful voice for civil rights and social justice. The author’s gift for storytelling rivals that of her protagonist, and the book is a joy to read from start to finish.”
–Raymond Arsenault, author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
“In a book both sweeping and meticulous, raucous and thoughtful, Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett not only chronicles the remarkable life of Harry Golden, but gives us new insight into the unique relationship of American Jews and African Americans. It is a superb, enjoyable, and enlightening work.” –David Boardman, Dean of the School of Media and Communication, Temple University
“I’ve always wondered about the man behind the newspaper the Carolina Israelite and the best-selling book Only in America and now I know: in her engaging and wonderfully written biography, Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett has given us a vivid portrait of a man, a place, and his time.”
–Daniel Horowitz, author of On the Cusp: The Yale College Class of 1960 and a World on the Verge of Change
“This lively and engaging book brings within a single biographical purview the history of journalism, the South, the civil rights movement, and American Jews.” –Stephen J. Whitfield, author of In Search of American Jewish Culture
“Harry Golden was a world-class character, a masterful storyteller who used his quick wit and humor to ridicule southern segregation with outrageous but hilarious satire to carve out an improbable place in American and southern Jewish history. We can thank Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett for her well-researched biography, bringing to life for a whole new generation the man who wrote the smashing best-seller called Only in America.” –Eli N. Evans, author of The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South
“This highly readable portrait makes the case for Harry Golden as both a historically significant and truly inimitable character.”
–Leonard Rogoff, author of Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina
“This honest and humorous volume brings the memory of Harry Golden to life as a man and a public figure, with all his charms and flaws exposed, and puts him in the context of his times. He was an essential partner in the civil rights movement, and the United States could use another Harry Golden today, someone who can puncture political posturing as deftly as he did. Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett shows that doing what Golden did took not only intelligence and imagination but also considerable personal courage.” –Jack Claiborne, author of The Charlotte Observer: Its Time and Place, 1896-1986
“Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, once a reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader as well as the Concord Monitor, has put her impressive writing and research skills to good use with her compelling biography of Harry Golden. — Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher, New Hampshire Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News. (See the full review.)
For more information, see The University of North Carolina Press
page for “Carolina Israelite.”