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In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list. 

Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white State Trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalise and suppress Black nationalist organisations. 

This intensely personal and political autobiography reveals a sensitive and gifted woman, far from the fearsome image of her that is projected by the powers that be. With wit and candor, Assata recounts the formative experiences that led her to embrace a life of activism. With pained awareness she portrays the strengths, weaknesses and eventual demise of Black and white revolutionary groups at the hands of the state. 

A major contribution to the history of Black liberation, destined to take its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou. Foreword written by Angela Davis. 

©2017 Assata Shakur (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Na
  • 10-06-17

Awesome

The first female author I have ever listened to from the civil rights era...she was one awesome sista!

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Knowledge is power


I can’t even begin to tell you what this book has done for me. All I can say at this point is I Understand. My history and my heritage has taken a turn and I want nothing more than to speak out against the unchanging circumstances my people are still facing today. I could cry to express what strength the words of Miss Assata Shakur has given me but I’d rather hold my fist in the air. ✊🏾

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great book

I love the narrator. she made it seem like it was her story. the story itself was also amazing!

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The real History not taught in school

For potential readers:
This moving autobiography provided a much needed history lesson. That era is so clouded in lies and one sided, obvious, racist write ups that I'm ashamed to be just now digesting it was. Many parents from that era were still living in in post-revolution underground mode. That's why they never shared the complete picture.

Notes:
1. Raw revolution through out the book, if you want to remain sleep, this book is NOT for you
2. If you want to keep your children sleep, you MUST ban this book immediately and keep the news and the mainstream newsfeeds feeding them. or better yet, no news. You must feed them only industry controlled programming.
3. Cursing through out the book. Extract lessons and teach from there.
4. The only question is what to do now that we're woke? Sleep seems so much more intoxicating and blissful. hmmm...

For the author, and movement:
a. Thanks sister Assata. Thank you so much.
b. This textbook on revolution provided the needed case studies of what to do and not to do.
c. Thanks for the low down on The Party. No one talks about it with anything other than either glossed over reverence or disdain. and even then, only highlights.

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Wow!!!

This was one of the best books I've ever purchased here on audible!! To be able to hear her side of the horrific events was quite refreshing. I've got a vast selection on here but this book will be hard to top!!

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Everyone should read the story of Assata Shakur.

I was born in the early 60's and knew of most of the Black leaders of the movement. I heard nothing about Assata until my child mentioned her in 2015 - I think. I was disgusted with myself - as was my daughter - for not knowing anything about her. I was so happy to learn about her in her own words.
Nothing of her story surprised me. As I said, I grew up in these times. And it was well known how Black political activists were treated. It is still known how Blacks are treated in this country so none of this should surprise anyone.
I think this book should be required reading in every public school in America.
Everyone should read the story of Assata Shakur.

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A must read

I truly enjoyed this book. It helped me to see some things in a different light than I had before. I learned about the BPP and COINTELPRO, things I had been vaguely introduced to before. Assata's story have me insight into why she felt the way she did about everthing. It makes me want to learn more about other history as well! Loved it!

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BLACK GIRL MAGIC

I loved every moment, the description of visiting with her daughter at 4 years was heart wrenching.

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Love!

One of my favorite books! I just wish it would've been her voice. Her story empowers others and also gives hope! Much love to Queen Assata!

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Amazing!!!

This is an Exciting, Enlightening, Beautiful and Powerful Story! I loved every word. Power to the PEOPLE✊🏾 !

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  • anna
  • 05-19-18

an important read

so glad I read this. all due to online book club #becauseweveread. I learned so much from her story, and I'm so happy she's finally be able to tell it.

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  • Tae Keisha
  • 04-16-20

A must read for every black person!


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I don’t think I’ve ever left a review on here before, but my God what a book this is!

It’s a must read for every black girl out there! Assata is a true goddess. Her fight for freedom from oppression will never ever go unnoticed. She has done well for the people.
In addition, her lyricism is as sweet as honey.

This is a 5 star book for sure!(I’m only rating it a 4.5 here, because I listened to it on audible and I would have preferred to hear her narrate her story herself. It doesn’t take away from the significance of the story, just a personal preference). As a racially conscious black girl, who considers herself to be an activist, I will be purchasing a physical copy of this to sit alongside my other “woke” books. I urge you to read this!

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  • Leaf
  • 12-18-17

Those that inspire

The ones i recognize are hard to characterize but all their voices harmonize.

They are the ones in which rationalize and analyze,

seeking to organize in order to mobilize,

Fight for change that can modernize and equalize.

They are the ones who sought to decriminalize many whom are stigmatized those who were once colonized and yet continue to exist as a target to demonize and capitalize.

Those whom i recognize have the ability to empathize, There is no compromise as they live to civilize and humanize those who threaten a world in which my idols sought and seek to stabilize,

These are the ones i idolize, those you should recognize and familiarize as we live in a world in which the media seek to normalize, making us desensitize against the police that militarize as they legitimize their power to brutalize.

Some seek to destabilize in order to seek change to revolutionize.

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  • Mr D Kingaby
  • 07-02-20

Revolutionary

An incredible book and one that everyone should read. Assata Shakur is a true revolutionary.

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  • NR
  • 06-29-21

Awesome retelling

so good I want to get the hard copy of the book. just captivating brilliant

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-21

So good I didn't want it to end

With every twist and turn my respect and love for this strong, revolutionary, compassionate and brave woman grew and grew

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  • BDam
  • 02-02-21

Revolutionary

absolutely memorable, experienced a wealth of emotions listening to Assata's plight. A true Queen. one of my favourite books, ever.

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  • Aisha
  • 12-08-20

Fascinating, moving and eye opening!

An incredible story of a lifes journey through struggle, connection and hope. The interweaving chapters, historical context and descriptive scenes make this a fullfiling and engaging read/listen. This has inspired me to do more, through education and action and highlighted many of the injustices black people still face today.

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  • Miss L Haze
  • 10-26-20

Eye opening history

Excellent book giving a real insight into Assata Shakur's life, her experiences of racism in the US and how she came to be the activist and revolutionary that she is. I learnt lots about the Black Liberation Army, Black Panther Party and other political movements in the 60s and 70s. Fascinating and horrifying in parts to read - would highly recommend to learn a great deal about American history and understanding the present moment we are in.

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  • AK
  • 10-23-20

Amazing

I would give this book more stars if I could. The story was so intense and interesting, so many insightful moments, and the narration is just brilliant. This book is so much more than just an autobiography.

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  • Morgana
  • 08-29-20

Brilliant

I loved the raw reality of Assata's journey. 2020 is still exposing the corruption inside the US political system, the police and media & the African American struggle for freedom. ACAB. FTP. FTTrumpanzees.

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  • Rochelle
  • 09-24-18

Everyone should hear this!

This book provides a stark reality for people of colour growing up in the 70s which unfortunately holds true today. Such an important, passionate book and brilliantly narrated.