Assata: An Autobiography

Assata: An Autobiography

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by Assata Shakur, Angela Davis
     
 

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In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.

Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations

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In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.

Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalize and suppress black nationalist organizations.

This intensely personal and political autobiography reveals a sensitive and gifted woman, far from the fearsome image of her that is projected by the powers that be. With wit and candour Assata recounts the formative experiences that led her to embrace a life of activism. With pained awareness she portrays the strengths, weaknesses and eventual demise of black and white revolutionary groups at the hands of the state.

A major contribution to the history of black liberation, destined to take its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

Editorial Reviews

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"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" —Choice

"A compelling tale of the impact of white racism on a sensitive and powerful young black woman." —Library Journal

Library Journal
This black activist's memoir is like a freeze frame of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though the polemical rhetoric is dated, the book is an otherwise compelling tale of the impact of white racism on a sensitive and powerful young black woman. Born Joanne Chesimard, she took an African name to confirm her commitment to black liberation, joined militant organizations, and was ultimately convicted of the murder of a New Jersey highway patrol officer in 1977. Her descriptions of life in prison and the vagaries of the court system are especially wrenching. Living now in Cuba as an escaped felon, she continues her utopian plea for revolution. Recommended for large libraries and specialists. Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556520747
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
29,209
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Assata: An Autobiography 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Assata Shakur's story means more to me than words could ever explain. I am only twenty-four but rest assured her story will be told to my children and their children and so on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best book I've ever read. It displays how strong and proud Assata Shakur is for us,black people. This is a must read!
TvesBrink More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books you read over and over and over and find a new nugget of information with each reading. Her story resonated within in as a teen (when I first read it) and continues to captivate me as a newly-minted 30 year old young woman. Her story will no doubt stay with me forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whith this autobiography Assata gives us all a very profound look inside the BPP. She also tells of the painful and demorilizing of all she went through for her race and equality of all races. With reading this book i could only feel guilty of all the sacrifices others has made for me and other people in this country. I only wish i could have cotributed to the movement.....Its a great read A great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Assata's words were so meaningful and deep I found myself traveling into her world. She faced a life that I could have never imagined. I am a 19 year old Black female and her words were like a wake up call..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is so powerful. It's a must read for all! And a real eye opener towards the way the government works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book if your interested in political prisoners fighting for the equality of oppressed people this is a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times, one of my favorites. Everyone should read this book especially women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a exceptionaly well written book. I loved reading Assata story and I love how it gave you insight on how life was being a part of the Black Panther Party. I recommend this for all people to read.
passi0nate_1 More than 1 year ago
Interesting look at her life and her ideas in terms of prison and society. I had to read it for a class, but it was a good read nonetheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! It is a must read for all. 'Assata', is food for thought for all women of any race.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes books pick you instead of you picking them. This has become one of the best books that I have ever read. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding and motivating to anyone of African-American heritage. It shows the struggle of one's life going through something that she shouldn't have been blamed for. Being imprisoned and even becoming pregnated while being in jail, going back and fourth to court, trying to keep hope alive, checking up with the doctor. This book will encourage anyone who reads it to stay strong and keep hope going. Even as she lives in Cuba now in exile because of what had happened she will always be remembered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellant. It tells how the real amerikkka was and how it still is. Shakur shows how the U.S. does how political prisoners and how herself a political prisoner was treated.
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I truly enjoyed this book and I have purchased it for my hairdresser. I would recommend it to others as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is among the best ever written, to chronicle the life of someone so smart and beautiful is amazing. To have that person be yourself is another thing. Assata Shakur is my role model and should be a lot of young females' too. Not just black females I mean all females!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the greatest ever written. It is talking to all women of color who have struggled in a society not built for us, black nor female. She as a person has now become my hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Assata Shakur tells it the way it is in that book. And me being a young Black female in times like this makes me somewhat happy not to have had witnessed the wickedness the oppressive whites had against Blacks in those late 60's and early 70's. Assata has gone through good and bad and worse times, but all in all she escaped all the drama and lives at a more suitable enviornment. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!