Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur

by Barbara Casey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939521606
Publisher: Strategic Media Books
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Barbara Casey is president of the Barbara Casey Agency and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her award winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, released in 2008 was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and her latest young adult novel. The Cadence of Gypsies, was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books. In addition to being a frequent guest lecturer at universities and writers conferences, Ms. Casey served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, FL and was Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991through 2003.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Formative Years 9

Chapter 2 The Radicalization of Assata Shakur 23

Chapter 3 Hunting for Joanne Chesimard 37

Chapter 4 The Trials 47

Chapter 5 The Turnpike Shootout Trial 59

Photos 69

Chapter 6 The Verdict 91

Chapter 7 The Escape 97

Chapter 8 Assata Shakur in Cuban Exile 111

Chapter 9 Aftermath 125

Chapter 10 Extradition 145

Bibliography 157

Index 167

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Assata Shakur 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Assata Shakur's life will keep you breathless This is my second book that I read from the author Ms. Barbara Casey. Just like my first book, I also loved reading the life and legacy of Assata Shakur. I loved to watch documentary especially about criminals on TV. It intrigues me and there is something unique about learning profile of criminals. Capturing them from the best authorities even mesmerizes me. Reading this book not only you learned from history but usually how Assata Shakur's life from the beginning to the end as being fugitive. What I loved about her is? She will not allow anybody to step on her toes because she is a black woman. This girl is feisty and loved her even more. History is a beautiful subject to learned so as this book. It is educational, thrilling at the same time phenomenal. Life is about experienced and this book will teaches you a lot more life itself. I loved that this book is about woman fugitive. It seldom happen that a woman is a fugitive and even captured my mind to read it even more. Buy the book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Books-A-Million
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
Before reading this book I had no idea who Assata Shakur was. Why was she on the FBI's list of Most Wanted Terrorists and what had she done to get there? Author Barbara Casey has written a biography on the life of Joanne Chesimard a.k.a. Assata Shakur, who considers herself a Black revolutionary. While reading this book I was motivated to do research and I learned that Assata is considered a folk hero among the black community because of her continued fight for freedom from the influence of white supremacists. In the 1970s she was part of the Black Liberation Army, who used any means viable for their cause such as robbing banks to support their activities. She was found guilty of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and sentenced to life, even though she was unarmed. She states she is not guilty of that crime. She escaped to Cuba where she was legitimately granted political asylum and where she still lives. Barbara Casey covers some of Assata's early life but most of the book is on how she got involved with her political activities and the infamous trial that put her 4 years in a men's prison where she was mistreated, beaten and lived under inhumane conditions before she was found guilty. She was also kept 18 months in solitary confinement. During this time she was also pregnant and gave birth to her daughter. This was one tough woman to have endured such treatment that would have broken a weaker person. This book was interesting to me because it showed how flawed and racist the American judicial system is and how using violence and hate to fight a corrupt system is no better than the system itself. Those who fought racism and injustice with peace such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. understood that hate begets hate and violence begets violence. Anyone interested in human rights, the judicial system, the law, political history, and the struggle of the black community would be interested in this book. Barbara Casey has done extensive research and based her information on "federal and state court records and files, FBI memoranda and documents, secret service files, police records, and information in the media." She includes a bibliography and an index that is helpful. This book is a good study of a very controversial and infamous case that could become once again a headliner now that USA has restored some diplomatic relations with Cuba and wants Assata returned.