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Carol Polsgrove, author of Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil
Rights Movement, is a journalism professor at Indiana University, Bloomington.
She grew up in Nigeria, then a British colony.
Our Votes, Our Guns: Robert Mugabe and the Tragedy of
Zimbabwe By Martin Meredith. PublicAffairs, 243 pages, $26.00
Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline By Richard A.
Posner. Harvard University Press, 408 pages, $29.95
The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of the New South, by Charles Marsh. Basic Books, 294 pages, $25.00.
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama/The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, by Diane McWhorter. Simon and Schuster, 701 pages, $35.00.