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The Spook Who Sat by the Door

The Spook Who Sat by the Door

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by Sam Greenlee

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This book is both a satire of the civil rights problems in the United States in the late 60s and a serious attempt to focuses on the issue of black militancy.


This book is both a satire of the civil rights problems in the United States in the late 60s and a serious attempt to focuses on the issue of black militancy.

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Sacred Fire
The Spook Who Sat by the Door was originally brought into print by a small publisher, Richard Baron Press, and quickly became an underground favorite. Published in the near aftermath of the Black Power movement, The Spook fictionalized the urban- based war for liberation that never quite manifested.

Senator Gilbert Hennington is in a close race for reelection and needs an issue with which to galvanize the Negro vote. His answer: a public call for the integration of the heretofore lily- white Central Intelligence Agency (at its Field Operatives level). Of the hundreds who applied, twenty-three are chosen for training under express orders that no one successfully complete the course. With the exception of one, Dan Freeman, they are eliminated. Exasperated at Freeman's tenacity, Calhoun, the agency's judo instructor, tells him, "Im going to give you a chance. You just walk up to the head office and resign and that will be it. Otherwise, we fight until you do. And you will not leave this room until I have whipped you and you walk out of here, or crawl out of here, or are carried out of here and resign. Do I make myself clear?" Midway through the fight, Freeman wondered if he could keep from killing this white man. No, he thought, he's not worth it.... But he does have an ass-kicking coming and he can't handle it. This cat can't believe a nigger can whip him. Well, he'll believe it when I'm through. . .

Freeman is never assigned to the field, but is given a glass- enclosed office where he sits in display. But he has a plan and soon resigns, returning to Chicago to organize the Cobras, a street gang, into an armed and skilled insurgency unit. On a hot Chicago night, a police killing sparks the riot that becomes the war led by Freeman and the Cobras, now dubbed Uncle Tom and the Freedom Fighters. Fast-paced, well written, entertaming, memorable.

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Sam Greenlee is a highly acclaimed, internationally known poet, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, actor, and teacher. A former U.S. Information Agency Foreign Service officer, he is the author of Baghdad Blues and two collections of poetry.

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Spook Who Sat by the Door 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I remember reading this book when I was in Junior High in the Bronx. I was in awe about what can black people can do if we would just united. Currently, I am serving my country in the Air Force and in my squad of 8 we are all black. Sometimes we would sit around and talk about issues that face our people today. After watching the movie version of this book. Alot of us decided to write the follow up stories. To me and alot of us black military members we love this book and it is a great inspiration to us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first, I refused to read any ficitonal books based on the urgency to acquire factual knowledge. After finally giving in to my brother's pleads to read it, a whole new world appeared. The world of imagination, creativity, and transliteration. So, I recommend the book to all the nonfictional zealous brothers out there (like myself).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for any and every one of African decent. This compelling book must be taught to children in every house hold by 'us'. We must take the responsibility for 'our' own and this book along with others like 'the Isis papers' but more importantly 'MIS-Education of the Negro' will take us there..if we are willing to go!