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Playing off of the title of his most famous book, Soul on Ice, Cleaver published Soul on Fire in 1978. Cleaver reveales aspects of his exile in Algeria.
Published March 1st 1979 by Hodder (first published January 1st 1978)
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Feb 07, 2010 Dave rated it liked it
Cleaver continues to interest intrigue me. It would be easy for me to simply label him a political chameleon, a lackadaisical wanderer, a petulant opportunist. In fact, if I trusted this autobiography, I might be tempted to do so. But this book rings false. After the complexity of Soul on Ice, this feels like Eldridge Cleaver abridged. I plan on doing more digging to see the facets of this man that weren't cataloged in his brief pages on Algeria, France, and Christianity. There's more to be lear ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Calvin rated it liked it
Thought this was a great follow up to Soul on Ice. Had a Christian theme throughout this book and is sort of a redemption story. While it did not go into the Panthers as much as Soul on Ice, it focused more on his travels and his outlook on life as well as people he had befriended on his journey.
Aug 11, 2010 Brian rated it liked it
Librarians here need to fix this entry. SOUL ON FIRE is a completely different book by Cleaver, and is not a repackaging of SOUL ON ICE. It was first published in 1978 by Word Books out of Waco, Texas. The ISBN is 0849900468.
Apr 28, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it
A very interesting read, this autobiography discusses Cleaver's years in exile in Algeria and France. Many on the Left were extremely critical of Cleaver when this was written after his return to the U.S. After the better part of a decade in exile, Cleaver came back to stand trial after having what he describes as a religious experience in France. He had been given political asylum there but decided to return and face the music after accepting Jesus as his savior. While as an atheist this narra ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Kalle rated it liked it
Definitely a very interesting read. From the blurb, I thought this was going to be some kind of highly religious book. Instead, I got an intriguing insight into a period and a struggle that is rather foreign to me.

I think Cleaver is not a very good writer, he seems to jump around a lot and does not really explain most things. I understand that some of the details are not the focus of this book, but it would have been interesting to read more about some of the details in his escape plans. Also, w
Jan 26, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it
I will preface my review by noting that this book was my formal introduction to Cleaver rather than his critically acclaimed preceding book 'Soul on Ice'. This book briefly described Cleaver's childhood, incarceration and participation in The Black Panther Party, the focus of the book revolves around him leaving the United States and subsequent exile in Algeria & France, return to the US, and his conversion to Christianity. It would be easy for me to scrutinize some of the decisions Cleaver ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Soul on Ice many years ago, so was pleased to find this second memoir. Reading it today, it seems no less relevant. He talks about gun control, violence, redemption, politics, foreign affairs, and the wish for children to have better lives than their parents. The atmosphere is eerily familiar.
LOVED because it put my father's black panther friends into a larger context, rather than just cool men that treated me special simply because I was his son.
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Amazing book with lots of historical prospective.
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Leroy Eldridge Cleaver, better known as Eldridge Cleaver, was a writer and political activist who became an early leader of the Black Panther Party.

In 1958 he was put in jail for rape. There he was given a copy of The Communist Manifesto. When he got released he joined the Black Panther Party. He then joined the Oakland-based Black Panther Party, serving as Minister of Information, or spokesperso
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