“Reading this book is a very moving experience: because of the power of Wil Haygood’s prose; because of the compassion with which he writes about his complex and tortured subject; and because of the penetrating historical insight — indeed brilliance–with which he weaves Sammy Davis Jr.’s life and the poignant and fascinating story of black entertainment in America into the whole tragedy of race relations in our country. Mr. Haygood writes with great power and great compassion, and he has created a book that I couldn’t put down and that I will never forget.”
–Robert A. Caro
"In this moving, exhaustive life of one of America’s greatest entertainers, Haygood (King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.) casts Sammy Davis Jr. as a man shifting between identities, between the worlds of black people and white people."
–Starred PW Review
"An American life considered with art and understanding in a major work of biography."
–Starred Kirkus Reviews
"A fascinating American life story, brilliantly told."
–Booklist, Starred and Boxed Review
"IN BLACK AND WHITE… presents a full picture of one of the most recognizable entertainers of the last century–a picture with all the shades of gray. In reading IN BLACK AND WHITE, it becomes clear why author Wil Haygood not only has won honors for his journalism, but also high praise for his work in biography."
"… [Haygood] does a vivid job of conjuring the many worlds [Sammy Davis, Jr.] traversed, and shows how the issue of race, in his own mind and in the minds of his fans and detractors, shaped his career and life."
–Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"[Haygood] writes like a demon, with perspective, understanding and compassion to burn. It’s a pleasure not to be missed."
–Jan Herman, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the best showbiz biographies in a long while… IN BLACK AND WHITE does splendid justice to its subject while brilliantly touching on the larger theme of race in 20th century America… a fascinating read."
–Eric Monder, Weekly Variety