Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter

Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter

by James S. Hirsch, James Hirsch
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Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter by James S. Hirsch, James Hirsch


In 1967, the black boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and a young acquaintance, John Artis, were wrongly convicted of triple murder by an all-white jury in Paterson, New Jersey. Over the next decade, Carter gradually amassed convincing evidence of his innocence and the vocal support of celebrities from Bob Dylan to Muhammad Ali. He was freed in 1976 pending a new trial, but he lost his appeal -- to the amazement of many -- and landed back in prison.
Carter, bereft, shunned almost all human contact until he received a letter from Lesra Martin, a teenager raised in a Brooklyn ghetto. Against his bitter instincts, Carter agreed to meet with Martin, thus taking the first step on a tortuous path back to the world. Martin introduced him to an enigmatic group of Canadians who helped wage a successful battle to free him. As Carter orchestrated this effort from his cell, he also embarked on a singular intellectual journey, which led ultimately to a freedom more profound than any that could be granted by a legal authority.

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ISBN-13: 9780618087280
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 372,422
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author


James S. Hirsch, a former reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is the author of Cheating Destiny, the bestseller Hurricane: The Miracle Journey of Rubin Carter, Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race War and Its Legacy, and Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam. He is also a principal of Close Concerns, a consultancy and publishing company that specializes in diabetes. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett.

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Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend this book!!It's amazing, makes you realize and understand the world we live in.
Elvaea More than 1 year ago
The memoir Hurricane, tells of the miraculous journey of Rubin Carter, a colored boxer who was falsely convicted for a triple murder in his hometown. Hurricane is a detailed, inspiring account of Carter's 22-year effort to exonerate himself and regain his freedom. Carter's story shows how discrimination is everywhere, even in court. I understand what he means because this is how it is today in many different ways. Discrimination exists in schools too, and it's not always because of color. It's because other things too like shape and size, even clothes and shoes. The human being is naturally judgmental of others so this is a problem that no government or law can fix. We must solve this problem ourselves. Carter exemplifies the better human being. He doesn't hate others who hate him; he instead ignores it and stays true to himself. Carter and Artis, and acquaintance of his, are arrested for the triple murder in the Lafayette Bar. This book tells of how they deal with the false accusations and how their lives are changed forever. They attend many hearings and await there final sentence. I read this book and then saw the movie. This is a familiar formula for disappointment. The book is much better and richer than the movie. The life of Rubin Carter is certainly worth reading about regardless of what side of the debate you are on. Many people feel passionate about both his innocence and guilt. This is a wonderfully crafted book about one of the most insidious evils with which we still struggle, about 2 men who had their lives taken from them, and extraordinary people who made freedom for Mr. Carter their full time passion. I strongly recommend that you read this book because it makes you realize that there are many flaws in our world today and that we have a power to make it better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The song, movie, and book tell an amazing, life-changing story. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter has all my respect and is a hero to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie yesterday for the first time & i must've cried periodically thru the entire movie. My heart went out to the 'Hurricane' entirely. No one could ever know exactly what he has been thru all we can do is be sympathtic! What a strong man Rubin Carter is I believe every person should be knowledgeable about the facts in our world, how it was and how it should be, and how far we have to go to seek the truth. I am so excited to read this great book just so I can have a better understanding (emotional wise) of how this man survived..God is great & strong, you can never hide the truth for eternity!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this would be a great book, but it is rather boring. Maybee I need to try reading it again, because it just didnt keep my interest the first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I FIRST GOT INTERESTED WHEN I SAW THE MOVIE 'HURRICANE' STARING DENZEL WASHINGTON AND HEARD THE GREAT SONG BY BOB DYLAN INTITLED 'HURRICANE.' THIS BOOK HAS CHANGED MY LIFE, IF YOU HAVE'NT ALREADY, SEE THE MOVIE, LISTEN TO THE SONG, AND READ THE BOOK, IT IS A FACINATING SUBJECT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book and the movie are great. They do not deserve anything less than 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
My government teacher decided to assign me this book when I showed the slightest bit of doubt in Rubin's innocence. After reading this book, despite a very neutral tone, Hirsch proved to the reader that there is not the slightest chance of his guilt. An amazing and recommended read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book first caught my attention when I saw the movie The Hurricane and sparked an interest. This was the best book I have ever read! It keeps you interested and never a dull moment! Hurricane is my personal favorite book. Everyone should read this book young and old whether you like boxing or not!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hirsch writes the story of the Hurricane with awesome detail and emotion. Touched my life like no other piece of literature has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have seen the move 'The Hurricane' you should read this book. It is an excellent book to learn about justice system and it makes you want to meet this heroic guy to see how he feels about how is life is now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My boyfriend would listen to Bob Dylans song the 'Hurricane' and I never completly understood it. So he made me watch the movie... I cried at the end... completly touched me. The movie was very interesting and I new that there had to be some books out on this, so I went and purchased Lazuras and the Hurricane.. Touched me more than the movie had.. I have told all my friends about it and gave the book to my grandmother to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never seen a more dynamic, powerful movie before. When one who is imprisoned can train themselves to stay awake when others sleep and sleep when others are awake is truly much discipline. When you know - that you know - that you know what you stand for, and who you are, you will fall for nothing. I can't wait to read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a word... Fantastic! How this amazing man came out of prison without being bitter and mad at the world is beyond most of us...including me...don't miss this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK IS A MOUTHFUL OF INFORMATION ON MR.CARTER THE AUTHOR DOES A WONDERFUL JOB WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO OTHERS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I walked away from this book and the theatre a different person!! Stronger! ... Better! ... and determined to make my life have meaning and purpose! Determined to read more! Determined to stand for something! Determined to be aware of and involved in the world around me. Determined to 'hang in there' when things get tough! Determined to accept that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING I can't do if I APPLY myself!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was most likely the best movie to come out in 2000, even though it is only January, I am confident that they will talk about this heartfelt, true story, for a long time to come, highly reccomended to all, truly makes you think!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent Movie!!!!!! Denzel does a great job. Thought the movie was outstanding from the very beginning. I highly recommend everyone to see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS A CLEARLY DETAILED AND PERSPECTIVE MOVIE. DENZEL WASHINGTON PLAYED A MIRACULOUS INTERCEPTIVE PART. HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE UNPREDICTIBLE AND UNBELIEVABLE.WOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS ONE OF THE BEST TRUE STORY WE HAVE EVER SEEN. MY BOYFRIEND AND I WERE IN TEARS TO SEE THE LOVE OF THIS 4 PEOPLE HELPING AN INNOCENT MAN BE FREE. ALSO,CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT MY BOYFRIEND DID NOT WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE. AT THE MIDDLE OF THE MOVIE HE HAD CHANGED HIS MIND. NOW HE WANTS TO READ MR RUBIN CARTER 'HURRICANE'S' BOOK. THE ONLY THING I HAVE SAY IS YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!! :) DENSIL WASHINGTON DID SUCH A GREAT JOB. LOVE IT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ezumalid had no idea what the Matching Center was, where he was, or who those people who were talking were. He knew one of them were Kormick. Kormick and the other guy led him to an in to a big round table where tons of men sat. It looked like a council of some kind. "Have you the boy?" A man who was about thirty said from the left side of the round table. "Yes, we have him," The first man said. "Good," the thirty-year-old man answered. Ezumalid looked around. All it was was a wooden inn, a table for dinner, and a round table where the council of men where. "If you're wondering," the 30 year old man turned to Ezumalid, "I'm Hugho. So...you're a wizard,eh?" Ezumalid didn't know what he could say to this man, and he still had no idea of where he was, or why he was here anyway. "Where are we?" He asked. Everybody laughed. This wasn't going so well. "You're at the southeastern end of Arkin. We are in the city of Elia. You're ours now," a bald man said who was right next to Hugho. "Now," Hugho told him," If you don't answer, you'll be killed to the spot." "No," Ezumalid told them. "We can read minds, Ezumalid," Hugho smiled. What? How did they know him? Oh, maybe they had spied on him and his partial friends. "You'll get to read minds later, boy, if you let me train you," Hugho half-blackmailed Ezumalid. Ezumalid wasn't sure about training with Hugho. Without his magic, which was temporarily gone, he couldn't escape. "Sorry about that magic problem, but you're not escaping," a hairy man said at the right of the round table. They could read Ezumalid's mind! "I know you're not sure. You can chose in the morning or be killed." Hugho looked at him solemnly and curious. "We have a room for you," an old man said in the middle. Ezunalid followed Hugho and the old man down the tunnel to his room. He tried not to think. What? What? What? Was all he tried to put in his head, but it was really hard for him to shut out thoughts out of these mind readers. "I'm Yuku. I'll be the servant for your room. You can get ready in here while we go," the old man told him. Hugho and the old man left and closed the door. Ezumalid looked at the room. Just a wooden wall and wooden floor and no windows. No bed. Ezumalid tried the door. Jammed locked. He tried to find a decision on if he wanted training with Hugho, or be killed. He was suspicious they had taken his magic. There was no way out and no way in. Suddenly, the wooden floor gave way and Ezumalid tumbled through. Now he was in a dark tunnel where he couldn't see anything except a white paper at the end of the tunnel. Ezumalid went towards it and turned the blank paper around. It was a map! It showed the whole world of Arkin, but what made him curious was that it showed other worlds. The names were erased, but some cities in this ice world were Ferit and Juyqw. But he looked the city where he was, Elias. It WAS far away from the Gremild Forest. But he looked for things near Elias. It was a desert, but he saw something: Attack routes-going toward the Gremild Forest and Wesfuld Mountains. His friends were in peril!