Reviews of Farnham's Freehold (1964)
Maybe it was daring in 1964 to suggest that a society could develop that was racist against whites. But Heinlein lost my emotional investment long before that. I've usually enjoyed his books, but Hugh Farnham was a character I simply couldn't sympathize with. He's the kind of "my way or the highway" alpha male who is completely full of himself and practically impossible to argue with. Maybe it's just that I'm female, so I'm certainly not in Heinlein's target audience, but Farnham's Freehold was by far my least favorite of his books I've read.
Review by rootbeer (2003-03-10)
Heinlein dares to suggest that racisim works both ways in Farnham's Freehold, and in 2,000 years future technology will turn slavery into a darker nightmare than it has ever been. Besides this, it's also an entertaining story about survival, and trying to etch out a living when all the modern conveniences have perished under a mushroom cloud.