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The sequel to Nelson Peery's memoir Black Fire, this book covers the postwar years and the story of Peery's struggle for racial and economic equality, having returned to the US as a black WWII veteran. Peery joined the Communist Party in 1946 and went underground', living in many different cities all over the US and meeting many famous people, all described in the book: Leadbelly, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Malcolm X and many more.'
Nelson Peery was born in 1923 and grew up in rural Minnesota, the son of a postal worker in the only African American family in town. After fighting in World War II, he joined the Communist Party and worked for many years as a bricklayer and as a political revolutionary. The author of the award-winning memoir Black Fire (The New Press), among other works, he lives in Chicago.