I bought multiple copies of this book during the pandemic to deliver to students since all of our school copies were locked int he building To say I was ticked off when I discovered this version is missing about ten chapters of the store would be an understatement. When I got the book in the mail I was very disappointed to learn that it was not the original version, but instead the abridged copy For my History assignment, I needed to have the original, so because of this, I had to go out and buy the book at full price The story itself is fantastic though with the version I m reading. The landmarkSupreme Court ruling, Brown v Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School inThey ran the gauntlet between a rampaging mob and the heavily armed Arkansas National Guard, dispatched by Governor Orval Faubus to subvert federal law and bar them from entering the school President Dwight D Eisenhower responded by sending in soldiers of the st Airborne Division, the elite Screaming Eagles and transformed Melba Pattillo and her eight friends into reluctant warriors on the battlefield of civil rights May marks the fortieth anniversary of the Brown v Board of Education ruling, which was argued and won by Thurgood Marshall, whose passion and presence emboldened the Little Rock struggle Melba Pattillo Beals commemorates the milestone decision in this first person account of her ordeal at the center of the violent confrontation that helped shape the civil rights movement Beals takes us from the lynch mob that greeted the terrified fifteen year old to a celebrity homecoming with her eight compatriots thirty years later, on October hosted by Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in the mansion that Faubus built As they returned to tour the halls of the school, gathering from myriad professions and all corners of the country, they were greeted by the legacy of their courage a bespectacled black teenager, the president of the student body at Central High Beals chronicles her harrowing junior year at Central High, when she began each school day by polishing her saddle shoes and bracing herself for battle Nothing, not eventhe st Airborne Division, could blunt the segregationists brutal organized campaign of terrorism that included telephone threats, insults and assaults at school, brigades of attacking mothers, rogue police, restroom fireball attacks, acid throwers, vigilante stalkers, economic al nivel literario no es una obra maestra pero como relato de unos hechos espeluznantes y el coraje de unos pocos NI OS ante el odio de muchos adultos de una sociedad ignorante y racista este libro te marcar Esto s que se tendr a que leer en los institutos. Es ist unglaublich mitzubekommen, was diese neun Jugendlichen erleiden mussten, bevor die Rassentrennung auch in den K pfen der Leute aufgehoben werden konnte Na ja, zumindest in den meisten K pfen. This book is the Abridged version and I needed the non abridged version for school and it did not specify that it was the abridged version online I also emailed and asked if it was the abridged version and i was told it is not I am thoroughly disappointed with this service. This is an ABRIDGED EDITION If you need to read this book for school, it might be helpful to know that it is not the complete version and you will be missing a lot of information failed to mention it Now I will have to find the original version and read it again What a waste of time I read this book in 8th grade I read half of this book each niggt at bedtime with my 11 year old daughter and we discussed racism, as that has been a big issue in our country lately and I wanted her to understnad the history behind where these news stories are coming from Hearing some of the language in this book was difficult, but necessary to allow us to understand why we never want to go back to a time like that again Yes, my daughter learned the N wordand a few other swear words in this book But we also learned some valuable lessons about our country, including racism, bigotry, sexism, friendship, economics, and inequality We also made connections to faith in God and ourselves when things are difficult. Amazing amazing amazing read Actually ordered this for a friend so cannot comment my self but it was what he wanted so can only guess it was good.