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Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt

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Jack Olsen's Last Man Standing is the gripping story of Geronimo Pratt, war hero and community leader, who was framed by the FBI in one of the greatest travesties of justice in American history.

Geronimo Pratt did not commit the murder for which he served twenty-seven nightmarish years. As a UCLA student, though, he had led the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Anchor (first published 2000)
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Jan Holmes
Jun 18, 2011 Jan Holmes rated it it was amazing
i spent MANY a night yelling at this book because of the treatment and abuse Geronimo Pratt went thru again and agian and again. Thru it all he stood tall and prevailed. He is a man to be admired.
Mar 06, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing
This would be a good book for anyone who is not sickened by the fact that there is a J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, D.C.

Olsen tells this story like a suspenseful novel and is able to clearly demonstrate that Elmer Gerard Pratt keeps his humanity throughout the 27 years of unjust imprisonment.

There are many heroes in this story, especially Pratt and his attorneys, but also minor contributions from a vast number of people both well known (Shaquille O'Neal) and unknown.

I have a few quibble
Dee R
Nov 16, 2007 Dee R rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was one of the best books I ever read! This is a true account of a man on a journey to freedom. It sparked my interest with its background in criminal justice and the wrongs of the government. I was inspired by the story and all those who advocated/fought to get this man out of the prison system!
There are no words to capture the extent of the tragedy of Mr. Pratt at the hands of "the system." It should make everyone question the "official positions" we are often fed in sound bytes. It makes me wonder about the justice afforded to anyone viewed as an enemy of the government.
Feb 14, 2009 Geoffrey rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! This well-written account of the life of Geronimo Pratt, a decorated Vietnam Vet, who served 27 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
For anyone who claims government conspiracies are BS, they haven't read this book.
Jan 18, 2010 jaylene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History or anyone!
Amazingly engaging, though well over 300pages, I was intrigued the entire time. This book shows the stuff the Black Panthers went through, told through the life of Geronimo Pratt. Very well written on top of being a crazy story
Apr 14, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
A real eye opener. Not really surprising given our nation's history. But seiously. What the hell? Does the constitution mean anything to those assholes in Washington?
Mar 29, 2010 Scheufler rated it it was amazing
Great, great book about a man who was wrongly accused of murder and sat on death row for 20 years before being exonerated.
Jean Perry
Nov 10, 2012 Jean Perry rated it really liked it
Great book, wonderful history of the Black Panther movement in California.
Oct 10, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Read this book if you want to regain hope in the human spirit
Amazing, insightful, inspiring, and revolutionary!
Jan 03, 2009 Ian rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2011 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Best book ever!
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