This is a long-term narrative that shows the asymmetrical courses taken by former business partners—one black, one white—after selling their company. The story traces not just the defining moments of their careers but also the points at which race became an obstacle for the African American, Timothy Cobb. This is a difficult story to tell. It’s largely a challenge of reconstruction: How do you explain, in retrospect, why the black man stumbled while the white man soared? Harmon makes a persuasive case without reducing complexities.

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