Target Zero: A Life in Writing

Overview

Former Black Panther information minister Eldridge Cleaver was a complex man who inspired profound adulation, love, rage, and, among many, fear. Target Zero brings Cleaver?s controversial story into focus through his own words. This books charts Cleaver's life through his writings: his quiet childhood, his youth spent in prison, his startling emergence as a Black Panther leader who became a "fugitive from justice" by the end of 1968, his seven-year exile, and his religious and political conversion following his ...

See more details below
Paperback (REPRINT)
$15.29
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$16.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $9.69   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Former Black Panther information minister Eldridge Cleaver was a complex man who inspired profound adulation, love, rage, and, among many, fear. Target Zero brings Cleaver’s controversial story into focus through his own words. This books charts Cleaver's life through his writings: his quiet childhood, his youth spent in prison, his startling emergence as a Black Panther leader who became a "fugitive from justice" by the end of 1968, his seven-year exile, and his religious and political conversion following his return to the U.S. Target Zero, which brings together previously unpublished essays, short stories, letters, interviews, and poems, is the most significant collection of Eldridge Cleaver’s writing since his bestselling book Soul on Ice (1968).

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A fascinating look at the transformation of a major figure in black-power politics and a tumultuous era in the US."--Booklist

"Reveal[s] the tempestuous and complex workings of a man as he evolved from a child."--Publishers Weekly

"An essential resource for those interested in revolutionary politics...An indispensable collection penned by one of the twentieth century's great essayists."--The Source, February 2006

"This excellent anthology is bound to add to our knowledge of one of the most fascinating personalities in American history."--Ishmael Reed, prize-winning novelist and literary critic, author of Flight to Canada and Airing Dirty Laundry

"Eldridge was an imposing man: he was very tall, handsome, and had a sharp wit that was delightfully challenging. His humor comes across in the writings Kathleen has ably collected here, just as his depth of knowledge, his passion and eloquence in expressing his beliefs come across in every line. This book is an enlightening testimony of a turbulent and controversial time, an essential historical record of the origins and development of Black Panther ideology, an exploration of the meaning of prison and exile, and ultimately the compelling saga of an unforgettable life.
These collected writings chart Eldridge's lifetime in his own words and thus, for the first time, the full arc of the intellectual transformation of this exceptional mind comes to light. In Target Zero, Eldridge Cleaverwrites himself firmly and squarely and into the history of American letters."-- From the Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University.

Praise for Eldridge Cleaver:
"Eldridge Cleaver makes you twist and flinch...he throws light on the dark areas that we wish he would leave alone."
--The Nation
"An intelligent and turbulent and passionate and eloquent man."
--Robert Coles, The Atlantic Monthly

Kirkus Reviews
Selected works by prison philosopher and onetime Black Panther Party propagandist Cleaver, a divisive character in death as in life. Cleaver, the renowned author of Soul on Ice (1968), generously excerpted in the first part of this anthology, "entered prison about the same time the United States Supreme Court outlawed segregation in the school system." Inside Soledad, Cleaver became radicalized against a society that he and fellow prison activists regarded to be a continuation of the slave era; he also became something of a sociologist, writing piercingly about ethnic relations: "Blacks and whites do not fraternize in comfort here. . . . The whites want to talk with you out on the yard or at work, standing up, but they shun you when it comes to sitting down." After leaving prison and gaining prominence in the Panthers, Cleaver once again found himself in trouble with the law and fled to Algeria and Cuba, which he did not enjoy, and France, which he did. Yet Cleaver decided to return to the U.S.; in his unpublished autobiography, excerpted here, he reports that, despondent over being an exile, he was about to shoot himself when he had a vision of "the image of Jesus Christ" and decided to come home. That road-to-Damascus moment marked a conversion to capitalism as well as Christianity, which explains why Cleaver is sometimes scarcely mentioned in surveys of recent African-American history, though this anthology demonstrates that, capitalist and fundamentalist or no, Cleaver lost nothing of his revolutionary fervor or dogmatism in the bargain, as when he writes of the first Gulf War, "It is a tragic error . . . for Bush to align himself with the putrid elements of feudalism, in oppositionto the legitimate aspirations of the Arab/Islamic nation. . . . The desperate attempt by Saddam Hussein . . . is amazingly vicious, but also heroic and just."A well-made sampling of Cleaver's once-influential thought.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403976574
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,515,194
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Eldridge Cleaver is the celebrated author of Soul on Ice and was the information minister of the Black Panther Party. Kathleen Cleaver is a senior lecturer at Yale University and at Emory Law School. She joined Eldridge Cleaver in the Black Panther Party in 1967, when they married. She is an attorney and author, and is currently at work on her memoir, Memories of Love and War.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword--Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
• Introduction--Kathleen Cleaver
• Early Years
• Revolution
• Exile
• Transition
• Afterword--Cecil Brown

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)