This Side of Glory: The Autobiography of David Hilliard and the Story of the Black Panther Party

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David Hilliard was the Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, and this is his compelling eyewitness account of America's first black armed revolutionary movement. Written with the participation of many other Party members, this book provides firsthand accounts of Huey Newton's infamous shootout with the police, the murder of Fred Hampton, how Panther money was raised and spent, the sexual mores of the Party, and how illegal activities erupted and were controlled. According to the FBI, the Panthers were "the ...
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David Hilliard was the Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, and this is his compelling eyewitness account of America's first black armed revolutionary movement. Written with the participation of many other Party members, this book provides firsthand accounts of Huey Newton's infamous shootout with the police, the murder of Fred Hampton, how Panther money was raised and spent, the sexual mores of the Party, and how illegal activities erupted and were controlled. According to the FBI, the Panthers were "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country," and, in part due to government infiltrators and disinformation, the Party began to dissolve in the early seventies as police raids, gun battles, IRS investigations, trials, and prison terms decimated their ranks.

Author Biography: David Hilliard lives in Berkeley, California. Lewis Cole is a professor of film at Columbia University in New York City.

The widely hailed autobiography of Black Panther chief of staff David Hilliard. Impassioned, intimate, and telling, Hilliard's memoir stands beside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Soul as an indispensable firsthand account of black radicalism in the 1960s. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this candid and absorbing memoir, Hilliard tells of his hardscrabble upbringing in Alabama and Oakland, Calif., his co-founding of the Black Panthers, the party's growth and struggles and, finally, his own battle against drug addiction. Writing with him, Cole ( The Dream Team ) evokes a compelling, vernacular first-person voice (even though much reconstructed dialogue is included) and uses interviews with Hilliard's friends and comrades to add depth and texture. Seeking a ``calling'' in his life and inspired by Malcolm X, Hilliard recalls how he joined friend Huey Newton to found the Panthers. He assesses Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, describes internal battles over ideology and strategy, gets arrested and concludes that educating the community is more important than battling the police. While the FBI wars with the Panthers, the Panthers' leaders split, and Hilliard goes to jail. Once free, Hilliard finds Oakland has lost revolutionary spirit, and he descends into crack addiction. He finally embraces the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous--but refuses to give up his ``righteous indignation'' about a society that still, he believes, needs change. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Hilliard's blend of autobiography and informal history sharpens our perceptions of the Black Panther Party. The cofounder and chief of staff, he writes movingly of his impoverished childhood; his ambiguous relationship with Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, et al.; and his monumental struggles with drugs and alcohol. The story is brought to life here--the breakfast programs and the shootouts, the community involvement and the FBI harassment. Though somewhat vague at times (the authors, for example, rarely attach dates to even the most pivotal events), this is a worthwhile endeavor. More than anything, it represents the reflection of a mature man painfully acknowledging the great gap between what once was and what might have been. See also ``Malcolm X: By Any Book Necessary'' ( LJ 10/15/92) and Elaine Brown's memoirs, A Taste of Power ( LJ 12/1/92).--Ed.-- Mark R. Yerburgh, Fern Ridge Community Lib., Veneta, Ore.
Booknews
Hilliard's eyewitness account of American's first armed black revolutionary movement from his position as Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party. The 1993 edition was published by Little Brown. He has added a short list of subsequent fates of people in the book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523847
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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