he distills the vast trove of material on SNCC and the movement with a sure, skillful hand . . . . His portrait of Bob Moses, the philosopher-activist in a white T-shirt and bib overalls whose journey took him from Harvard University to Mississippi to Africa and back, would make anyone unfamiliar with him want to learn more. This is true of others in Lewis' account, such as Zellner, a white Alabama student who remained committed and courageous even when SNCC turned against him . . . . The second half of the book chronicles SNCC's downward spiral, the success and prominence of some, and the disillusionment and personal travails of others in its aging cadre. But Lewis makes clear how much their fearlessness in youth mattered.