Huey P. Newton remains one of the most misunderstood political figures of the twentieth century. As cofounder and leader of the Black Panther Party for more than twenty years, Newton (1942-1989) was at the forefront of the radical political activism of the 1960s and '70s. Raised in poverty in Oakland, California, and named for corrupt Louisiana governor Huey P. Long, Newton embodied both the passions and the contradictions of the civil rights movement he sought to advance. In this first authorized biography, Newton's former chief of staff David Hilliard and best-selling authors Keith and Kent Zimmerman team up to tell the WHOLE story of the man behind the organization that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover infamously dubbed "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country."
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About the Author
As chief of staff of the Black Panther Party, David Hilliard was actively involved in every major activity of the best-recognized and most feared African-American organization of the 1960s and '70s. He is the author of This Side of Glory, a memoir that tells the story of his involvement in the Black Panthers, and the coeditor, with Don Weise, of The Huey P. Newton Reader.
Keith and Kent Zimmerman are coauthors of the international best-seller Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs with former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten; Sing My Way Home: Voices of the New American Roots Rock; and the New York Times bestseller Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. The Zimmermans live in Oakland, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Randomly I selected this book from the shelf of my school's library and my God I know it was in my hands for a reason. The book gives a complete rundown of The Black Panther Party including its members, its principles, the mishaps and legalities,Cointelpro, and most significantly, Huey Newton. I am only sixteen years old and I found the book to be extremely powerful,entertaining, and inspirational. This is a great book to read especially for Black people because IT CORRECTS OUR DISTORTED & SEEMINGLY FORSAKEN HISTORY. Trust me, Huey's name IS NOT in my History book! Plus, no one taught me about the many many positive contributions the Party gave. It's up to us to educate ourselves and this book is a start.
Best and most truthful documentation of Newton's life since his autobiography "Revolutionary Suicide".