“Focuses on five ‘ordinary’ individuals subjected to the committee’s public and private interrogations who refused to give up the names of others… Poucher exposes a seamy and prurient side of the committee’s activities.”
--Florida Times-Union

Presents a diverse cast of men and women battling for civil liberties.
--Lambda Literary

Poucher’s book adds new dimensions to the historiography of the Johns Committee by focusing on five who thrived, not just survived. Lawson’s edits strengthened the narrative.
--Florida Historical Quarterly

Poucher successfully examines how ordinary Floridians resisted in the face of a horrible adversity, overcoming insurmountable odds in the process.
--The Journal of American History