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    DescriptionOn May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder. This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou. Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.


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    Title
    Assata
    Subtitle
    An Autobiography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Assata Shakur, By (author) Angela Davis, By (author) Lennox S. Hinds
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781556520747
    ISBN 10: 1556520743
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM
    DC21: 973.0496073
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC056000
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC001000
    DC22: 973/.0496073024
    LC classification: E185.97.S53 A3 1987
    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, JBSL, DNBA
    Publisher
    Chicago Review Press
    Imprint name
    Chicago Review Press
    Publication date
    01 November 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago
    Review quote
    "A deftly written book ... A spellbinding tale." -- The New York Times Book Review "A sober, restrained, but forceful recollection... A must book for those interested in the 'revolutionaries' of the 1960s" -- Chioce "A compelling tale of the impact of white racism on a sensitive and powerful young black woman." -- Library Journal
    Review text
    Assata Shakur is JoAnne Chesimard, the Black Panther leader who escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1979 and within the past month has resurfaced in Cuba. Her brief autobiography is propagandistic and notable for its omissions, but there are passages of poignant, effective writing. There was a time during the 70's when law-enforcement officials considered Shakur the "soul" of the Black Panther movement, and prosecuted her accordingly: between 1973 and 1977 she was brought to trial three times on bank robbery and kidnapping charges, and each time acquitted. However, in 1977 she was convicted of the murder of a New Jersey state trooper and sentenced to life; two years later she broke out in a dramatically successful escape and apparently lived the underground life before finding a haven in Havana. No matter what your politics, this sounds like a pretty unusual life, but you wouldn't know it from Shakur's memoir. It is so marred by authorial suppressions about her adult life as a Black Panther - focusing only on her various trials, and not on what led up to them - that much of the narration seems to reside in a vacuum. There is much talk of "pigs" and "Rokafeller" and "amerika," but little in the way of hard facts. And Shakur's current rosy view of Cuba as a worker's paradise is either naivete or expediency. In direct contrast, however, are the early, evocative portions of the book focusing on Shakur's childhood in Queens and Wilmington, N.C. There are compelling scenes of her growing up in the 50's (raised in part by strict bourgeois grandparents), running away from home to work in seamy Greenwich Village bars, and finally becoming radicalized at Manhattan Community College during the mid-60's. These evocative passages make up only a small portion of Shakur's story, unfortunately; the rest is largely a tract in which next to nothing is revealed. (Kirkus Reviews)