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Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  377 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
These short stories are a collection of soul-bearing confessions in which Iceberg Slim presents the wisdom gained through a life of serious excess and violence. Robert Beck is the author of "Pimp", "Trick Baby" and "Mama Black Widow".
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Holloway House (first published June 1st 1971)
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Anna
Jul 18, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d heard of Iceberg Slim, the pimp, but I never heard of Iceberg Slim, the writer. In the Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, Robert Beck, aka Iceberg Slim, recalls his early life as a young boy raised by his mother, abandoned by his father who among other things threw his young son against the wall. He learns to survive a tough life growing up in the ghetto. As a young boy, Beck sees a friend knifed to death. He tells of a time in prison, “In 1960 I was locked in one of the steel boxes for 10 months.” ...more
Marty Babits
Mar 29, 2014 Marty Babits rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective-crime
It took me a long time to find this book. I live in NYC but couldn't get it from the library--that may be different now. Also, for some reason, I had trouble finding it on Amazon-- that also may be different now. In any case, when I found it, I found it riveting. Like "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," and "Manchilld in the Promised Land," and "Down These Mean Streets," the writing illuminated a life that I did not know first-hand, but that I felt I was being shown first hand. This was not 'liter ...more
Tosh
Nov 23, 2007 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting collection of essays by the great Black American writer (and Pimp) Iceberg Slim. What's fascinating is the fact that he comes from a different generation than the Black Panthers (these essays I believe werer written in the 60's) and he's sort of dealing with the more angry generation at the time. I think a lot of the younger people at the time saw Iceberg from another and dated era.

Still, Iceberg writes from the heart, and he is one of America's great writers. One of these d
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Cat Ellington
Dec 21, 2016 Cat Ellington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tour de force life witness indeed!

A former Chicago pimp, Robert Beck, aka Iceberg Slim, bears his soul in this, a collection of autobiographical memoirs ... Everything from racism in America, courtesy of the white, oppressive establishment, to the Black Panther movement, to the Nation of Islam leader, Malcolm X., etc.

The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim is a masterpiece.
Christina
The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim is a collection of essays he wrote (as Robert Beck) that pertained to his life as a pimp, his jail experience, his opinion about the pimp game as a retired veteran, and other musings he had during his life.

This collection of Iceberg's essays really shed some light about how he thought, who he was as a person beyond being a pimp, and the ins and outs of the risky life he lead as a majorly successful pimp. Robert Beck also shared his thoughts and perspectives of the
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Alonzo Smith
Feb 28, 2015 Alonzo Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to go out on a limb and call this the most important book that Mr. Slim ever wrote. It's unlike his other books in that it's a collection of essays, anecdotes and letters. Despite that, there was never a dull moment. This is one of the few books that I've read that's challenged me to rethink my views on race. I'd recommend this book to everybody that can get their hands on it. While it may not have the same impact on you as it did on me, I think it will at least encourage a discussion. ...more
Charly
Jan 17, 2008 Charly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like bad words
my friend jimmy lent me this book as a joke i thought. he showed me some of the parts with real rough language - that is, lots of bad words put together for intense expression. well i read it and it was really good.
Eloka
Nov 15, 2015 Eloka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Floyd Webb
May 30, 2013 Floyd Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant essays about life in "the game" in the marginal communities of African America by legendary reformed pimp Iceberg Slim aka Robert Beck.

Louise
Feb 02, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sleazy goodtimes.
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Iceberg Slim, also known as Robert Beck, was born as Robert Lee Maupin. Novelist and poet whose most famous novel, Pimp, is semi-autobiographical.
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