“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.”
Presents a diverse cast of men and women battling for civil liberties.
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