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Review 'Fascinating....[Perrusquia]Â tells part of the story that only he canâ€”the discovery of Withersâ€™s secret and the struggle to bring it to lightâ€”and his contact with Lawrenceâ€™s surviving family members makes for insights into the FBI agentâ€™s own personality and motivations.'â€”Clifford Thompson,Â Wall Street JournalÂ 'A smart journalistâ€™s book, crisply marching through Withersâ€™s F.B.I. records and the paperâ€™s battle to pry them out of the governmentâ€™s grip.'â€”Christopher Bonanos, New York Times Book ReviewÂ â€œA Spy in CanaanÂ is a reporterâ€™s account filled with dramatic scenes, sharply etched characters and insights into FBI political surveillance, the civil rights movement and the journalistic process. . . .Â As A Spy in Canaan adeptly shows, history is not always so clear-cut.'â€”Seth Rosenfeld, San Francisco Chronicle Â 'AÂ triumph of investigative reporting, the product of the authorâ€™s dogged research. . . .Â AÂ Spy in CanaanÂ brims with new details about the inner workings of the movement in Memphis and beyond.'â€”Aram Goudsouzian, The Washington Post'A meticulously documented, finely written account of Withersâ€™ life. . . .Â Even more important, it is a damning portrait of FBI tactics in an era marked by intense social upheaval.'â€”Pamela Miller, The Minneapolis Star-Tribuneâ€œAs everyone from Memphis knows, Marc Perrusquia is an indefatigable sleuth who has done much to tease out the most important stories from our cityâ€™s intriguing and tragic past. In this ground-breaking and at times shocking examination into theÂ conflicted life of a towering civil rights-era figure, weÂ are reminded thatÂ the truth is often far more complicated than we could ever imagine.â€ â€”Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail'Marc Perrusquia's pioneering investigativeÂ reporting exposed how a renowned black photojournalist wasÂ actually a longtimeÂ paid informant for J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Powerfully and perceptively, thisÂ remarkable true-lifeÂ detective story shows how many lives can be damaged byÂ secret intelligence operatives run amok.'â€”DavidÂ J. Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofÂ BearingÂ the CrossÂ andÂ Rising Starâ€œA Spy in Canaan is an important contribution to the history of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and the role of the FBI in monitoring and attempting to contain activists challenging the racial status quo in the Memphis area. Perrusquiaâ€™s sobering tale provides a context for understanding the contemporary debate over race and social justice.â€â€”Athan Theoharis, author of Spying on Americans: Political Surveillance from Hoover to the Huston Plan Read more About the Author Marc Perrusquia is a journalist for The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has worked the past twenty-nine years. He has won numerous national awards for both feature writing and investigative reporting. Read more See all Editorial Reviews