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  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:240
  • eBook ISBN:9780990718116

The Man Who Changed His Skin

The Life and Work of John Howard Griffin

by Thomas Fensch

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This is the first full-length biography of John Howard Griffin, who became blind during World War Two. 10 years later his sight suddenly came back--no one knows why. And then he dyed his skin black and wrote the American classic, "Black Like Me." An engaging biography of a fascinating life.
John Howard Griffin was a Texan who traveled to France at 15, alone and was in France when World War Two began. He helped rescue French Jews and was hunted by the Gestapo before he was 2,. He came back to the U.S., joined the Army Air Force and was stationed in the South Pacific. He became blind during the war and returned to Texas. 10 years later his eyesight came back-- suddenly--no one knows why. Then he dyed his skin black and wrote the classic book "Black Like Me." Millions have read "Black Like Me," but never knew of his 10 years of blindness. This is a fascinating biography of a life of great courage.
About the author
Thomas Fensch is the author or editor of 32 books published in 44 years -- since 1970. He is the author of books on: John Steinbeck (5); Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (2); James Thurber (2); Oskar Schindler (1); Ernest Hemingway (1) and others. Fensch has a doctorate from Syracuse University and lives outside RichmondV a.