"Somewhere along the line, people stopped talking about it. Friends
of mine who talk about nothing except Southern literature
have barely heard of the book. I pounced on it after I discovered
that Richard Howorth, the well-read owner of Square Books, the
independent bookstore in Oxford, Miss., utters its title aloud
every time a customer asks the question, 'What one book would you
say best explains the South?' I wish I could say that, this early
spring, I read All God's Dangers in one sitting. It's not
that kind of book. It's a meandering thing; its pleasures are
intense but cumulative. This book rolls. But it is superb--both
serious history and a serious pleasure, a story that reads as if
Huddie Ledbetter spoke it while W. E. B. Du Bois took dictation.
That it's been largely forgotten is bad for it, but worse for us. .
. . All God's Dangers . . . deserves a place in the front
rank of American autobiographies. There are many reasons, in 2014,
to attend to Ned Cobb's [Nate Shaw's] story."--Dwight Garner "New
York Times "
"Astonishing . . . Nate Shaw was a formidable bearer of memories. . . . Miraculously, this man's wrenching tale sings of life's pleasures: honest work, the rhythm of the seasons, the love of relatives and friends, the stubborn persistence of hope when it should have vanished . . . All God's Dangers is most valuable for its picture of pure courage."--Paul Grey "Time "