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Author: Osha Gray Davidson Narrator: Keith Sellon-Wright Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9781538469309
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C. P. Ellis grew up in the poor white section of Durham, North Carolina, and as a young man joined the Ku Klux Klan.

Ann Atwater, a single mother from the poor black part of town, quit her job as a household domestic to join the civil rights fight.

During the 1960s, as the country struggled with the explosive issue of race, Atwater and Ellis met on opposite sides of the public school integration issue. Their encounters were charged with hatred and suspicion. In an amazing set of transformations, however, each of them came to see how the other had been exploited by the South’s rigid power structure, and they forged a friendship that flourished against a backdrop of unrelenting bigotry.

Rich with details about the rhythms of daily life in the mid-twentieth-century South, The Best of Enemies offers a vivid portrait of a relationship that defied all odds. By placing this very personal story into broader context, Osha Gray Davidson demonstrates that race is intimately tied to issues of class and that cooperation is possible—even in the most divisive situations—when people begin to listen to one another.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provides a brilliant beginning for understanding the South’s many poor sons and daughters, black and white.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A well-crafted portrait of the evolution of race relations in Durham, North Carolina—and of America’s tendency to ignore issues of class.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A powerful testament to the redemptive powers of human nature.”


  • “This eloquent blend of history and advocacy journalism ends with a follow-up on the major figures and with that rarest quality in a book on race in America—a reason for hope.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Osha Gray Davidson is a freelance writer, photographer, and author of several books of nonfiction, including The Best of Enemies, Clean Break, and Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control, among others. He is a contributing editor of and a regular contributor to Rolling Stone magazine. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Discover, Washington Spectator, New York Times, Mother Jones, Popular Science, Slate, and the Washington Post. He co-wrote the screenplay for the award-winning IMAX documentary, Coral Reef Adventure. His book, The Best of Enemies, is the basis for a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Keith Sellon-Wright is an audiobook narrator and an actor with more than thirty years of experience in Hollywood. His television roles have included Frasier, Seinfeld, The West Wing, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal. He also serves as a “voice of the New York Times,” narrating selected articles for their daily audio edition.