Assata

Narrated by: Sirena Riley
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,326 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Awesome

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tae Keisha
  • 04-16-20

A must read for every black person!


(My goodread’s review)

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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  • Katita
  • 02-28-20

Fantastic bio and perfect performance

Assata's bio is inspiring. Power to the People! Also, the reading performance is great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-19

Amazing Read ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

From the way the story is written to the voice narrating, this was an amazingly important read. I know I will read it again and reccomend it onwards. Her story is an important one, like many.

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  • Michael Gayle
  • 04-23-19

Great Insight of the oppression .

This book showed the pressure that was implemented upon the people who fought for change.

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  • Tina Mendes
  • 02-25-19

I'm glad that I listened /read this book

I totally recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the revolutionaries of the 1960s

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  • tony maguire
  • 12-25-18

this is sensational, what a gal

absolutely brilliant I love you Assata, I'm happy you are free, have a lovely Christmas precious girl

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  • Addy
  • 12-02-18

What happened after at the end

this book has a fantastic start, but jumps across big periods of time at the end, desperate for more details

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-18

one of the best books I listen to this year.

I recommend this book.
Griping beyond words, I could have listened to another 100 hours.

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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.