RaveThe Philadelphia InquirerBoth are consummate masters of the kind of arresting journalism we see too seldom in today\'s feature-laden McPapers, whose circulation keeps shrinking as fast as their news holes ... They have succeeded in creating a masterpiece. The Race Beat is a riveting piece of social history that balances both its subjects brilliantly. It recalls dimly remembered battles -- and the distinctive personalities and hard-fought issues on all sides -- with the kind of arresting detail that makes them live again, as suspensefully as if the outcome were still in doubt ... There has never been a better study of the importance of a free press.