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Murder in the Model City: The Black Panthers, Yale, And the Redemption of a Killer Hardcover – August 8, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465069029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465069026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Against the backdrop of an era when the Nixon administration and the FBI encouraged discord among dissident groups through informants and phone tapping, Rae and Bass recount the circuslike trial of eight Black Panthers accused of killing a suspected spy among them. After the body of Alex Rackley was discovered near New Haven, Conn., on May 21, 1969, Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party's National Chairman, and seven others were called to court. Rae, a professor at the Yale School of Management, and Bass, a local journalist, write with a keen eye for detail, juxtaposing the events in New Haven with the story of Warren Kimbro, the man who was sentenced to life for Rackley's killing. A community leader whose Panther associations were "a short-lived aberration," Kimbro served less than four years before being released, and graduated from Harvard shortly afterward, dedicating himself to assisting people leaving prison. The authors succeed in crafting an unbiased and clear account of the Panther trials, yet it is the quietly moving story of Kimbro's redemption that will affect readers long after the book is finished. Photos. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Paul Bass has covered Connecticut for local, regional, and national publications since arriving at Yale as an undergraduate. He has won dozens of awards for journalistic excellence, including the New England Press Association's 1997 and 1999 "Journalist of the Year." He lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Doug Rae holds the Richard Ely Chair in the Yale School of Management. His published writings include the prizewinning Political Consequences of Electoral Laws, Equalities and City: Urbanism and its End. Rae has won numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1968). He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley M. Pripstein on October 24, 2009
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I found this book captivating, but then, I live in the area and I know personally some of the people mentioned in the book. I did not arrive in New Haven until 1972, a full two years after the events chronicled, so it was all new to me. One woman in my book group said "I don't need to read the book. I lived through it." But you do need to read the book. Especially if you were or are in any way involved in radical politics. It's one of those non-ficton books that reads like a thriller, even though the ending is known. It's the wealth of details - and the details that are still unknown - that suprise and shock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Murray on September 19, 2007
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I grew up in New Haven and was in my late teens when the events that Paul Bass and Douglas Rae describe so well occurred. As a college student living in Washington, D.C., at the time of the murder, I realized as I read the book that I had missed a lot of the important details of the terrible crime and its aftermath, including the trial and the organized protests by the Black Panthers, Yale students, and other assorted demonstrators. But the authors do a wonderful job at recreating exactly what was going on in New Haven. They unfold a very compelling story in a fair and balanced manner so that the reader will come away feeling sympathy for both the victim of the crime, Alex Rackley, and for the perpetrator, Warren Kimbro, a man who worked hard to redeem himself. For those of you who lived through the late sixties and early seventies, this book will remind you of what that time was like; and for those who did not, Murder in the Model City will give you a true sense of a turbulent era in our recent past.
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Interesting but as you read into the book it becomes quite obvious the authors are ultra liberals. The main character, Warren Zembro is cast as an example of second chance while disregarding the issue of upbringing. The police are generally cast at the bad guys and the Black Panthers the poor oppressed, victims. The book also depicts how institutions of higher learning such as Yale and Harvard have sold out thier mission in order to embrace socialistic agendas. The question of whether or not the degrees being handed out are worth the paper they are written on emerges.
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If you are curious about all of the various forces that were pulling at our nation in the late 60s, early 70s, this is a wonderful book. Bass is clearly sympathetic to his protagonist but who wouldn't be? The struggles of those years are highlighted so well in the story that Bass tells with passion and conviction.
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Having been born and raised in New Haven ,I remember most of these times either through memory or story telling among friends and family. I thought the book was very good and kept me very interested ,considering I knew most of what was going to happen next. Myself I was spending the night at a friends house when we heard about the bombing of the Yale ice rink,his father I believe was a Sargent on the New Haven Police force called his wife during the night. I highly recommend this book to all and especially those who grew up in New Haven when this was all happening .

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