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Assata: An Autobiography
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This black activist's memoir is like a freeze frame of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though the polemical rhetoric is dated, the book is an otherwise compelling tale of the impact of white racism on a sensitive and powerful young black woman. Born Joanne Chesimard, she took an African name to confirm her commitment to black liberation, joined militant organizations, and was ultimately convicted of the murder of a New Jersey highway patrol officer in 1977. Her descriptions of life in prison and the vagaries of the court system are especially wrenching. Living now in Cuba as an escaped felon, she continues her utopian plea for revolution. Recommended for large libraries and specialists. Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.

"A deftly written book ... A spellbinding tale." -- The New York Times Book Review "A sober, restrained, but forceful recollection... A must book for those interested in the 'revolutionaries' of the 1960s" -- Chioce "A compelling tale of the impact of white racism on a sensitive and powerful young black woman." -- Library Journal

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