'Robeson’s character, art, principled politics and legacy of extraordinary courage all come vividly to life in No Way But This. There are many worthy books about the life of Paul Robeson, but this is one not to be missed.'
‘Sparrow shows how this admittedly splendid actor, this marvelous singer, this charismatic speaker, had somehow evolved into something more: he had for many people become the embodiment of the global longing for a better world, a juster dispensation … Sparrow has made perfect and haunting sense of him.’
(New York Review of Books
'Part journalist, part historian, Jeff Sparrow writes with loving discernment about a remarkable man and the forces that shaped his unmistakable voice. [This is] a gripping story of courage and commitment, told by one of our finest chroniclers of the human capacity for tenderness amid the squalor. Sparrow takes us on a global journey, revealing that beyond an old man and a river, there lies a deep valley of hatred and hope, sadness and solidarity.'
(Claire Wright, Stella Prize-winning author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka
'Sparrow has eloquently portrayed Robeson as a giant of a man who was prepared to kill off his career for his political beliefs. He emphasises that past struggles should inform today; we need not just inspiration to act but affiliation to organise and solidarity to withstand.'
(Morning Star Online
‘This is an inspiring biography of a really remarkable human being.’
(Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream
'An illuminating look at the life of a frankly remarkable man.' FIVE BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ THIS MONTH
(The AU Review
'Brilliantly told by Jeff Sparrow, Paul Robeson's story is compelling and important. No Way But This is a challenge to history and a reminder of what unites us.'
(Owen Jones, Guardian
columnist and author of The Establishment
‘An entertaining, informative and important book.’
(Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon
‘Book of the week … [A] conscientious and often painful biography.’ (Daily Mail