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Assata by Assata Shakur
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Dec 27, 11

bookshelves: own, womens-lib-feminism, racism-black-lib, 60s-70s-80s-movement-history
Read from December 24 to 27, 2011

there are tons of reviews of this on good reads so i will keep this somewhat brief. but i did want to say that this book was even better than i expected. the story in itself is fantastic but the way it is written utterly without ego or bravado makes it that much better. further her path to radicalization mirrors so many people's journey through politics. what is remarkable is the honesty with which she deals with this process. she relates an embarrassing episode where she defends the us's interest in the vietnam war and the radicals she is with explain the reality behind the lies in the media. this blows her mind and opens the door for her to question all of what she was taught up until that point. this is such a common occurrence in the radical community. but as an embarrassing one it is something that is often not discussed. a lot of radical biographies tend to indicate the person was born a revolutionary. the point is, not only was the story good and the book well written but i identified with assata shakur to a degree that i, as a white male, never could have expected. to top it off, her poetry was very good too!
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