Assata
Assata
An Autobiography
Assata Shakur



Assata's personal and political convictions are uniquely her own, and essential. Through this book, she inspires critical thought, & lends to a deeper understanding of the injustices that plague the judiciary & prison system to this day.
—Recommended by Jared

On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.

This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.

Title Assata
Subtitle An Autobiography
Alternative Title Assata: an autobiography
Author Assata Shakur
Publisher Lawrence Hill Books
Title First Published 05 May 1987
ONIX Adult Audience Rating      01 Any adult audience
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 1556520743
ISBN-13 9781556520747
Publication Date 05 May 1987
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.
 


We also suggest

Product image
Big Science
Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex
Michael Hiltzik
2016 Edition