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  • Black Against Empire

  • The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
  • By: Joshua Bloom, Waldo E. Martin Jr.
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 216

In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the US, the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the US government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the explanation of rise and fall Black Panther

  • By Antwine Hurst on 03-24-17

Compelling narrative, challenges preconceptions

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Reviewed: 09-25-18

Black Against Empire is a compelling survey of the Black Panther party that will upend preconceptions. It's well read, rich with narrative but also attentive to the ideas that drove the movement. Even as someone who studies this era, I found the history eye-opening. Highly recommended.

  • The Race Beat

  • The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
  • By: Gene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Drawing on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews, veteran journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff go behind the headlines and datelines to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen - first black reporters, then liberal Southern editors, then reporters and photographers from the national press and the broadcast media - revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings and propelled its citizens to act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating inside look at history

  • By Ron on 09-22-09

Superb history, well read

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Reviewed: 07-28-18

I've studied a fair amount of the civil rights movement but still learned a ton from this book. The history is often riveting and I couldn't have asked for a better reader. Highly recommended.