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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565129504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565129504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Orphan, activist, subversive, urban guerrilla, the FBI’s most wanted fugitive, drug addict, drug counselor, convict, writer, poet, filmmaker, father, professor, youth advocate, and Oscar nominee Jamal Joseph lives with his wife and family in New York City.

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I just finished reading the book last week.
Carmen Homer
Joseph managed to write a complex story in a voice that rings clear and true.
Edith A. Campbell
Should be must read for every high school student.
Maurice McCall

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Terry on January 26, 2012
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A must read for all people, especially people just waking up to or continuing in the struggle to dismantle American Apartheid. This story reads like a riveting, non-stop, action adventure, with much heartbreak, tears and joy encountered along the way. I was taken back to an earlier time and reminded of what still needs to be done. A remarkable man; a remarkable life; a remarkable story. Thank you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Stoddart on February 18, 2012
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It's around 9:30 PST on Saturday night and I just finished Jamal Joseph's amazing book. It's all true but it's as good as any thriller fiction I've read, maybe better. I started reading this afternoon, forgot to eat dinner I was so drawn in. It's the story of a man who's lived his life starting at the bottom and ending up at the top, with two stints in prison in between - all this before he became the Dean of Columbia University Film School. He was a Black Panther, a community organizer, a prison playwright, a screenwriter, a director and a husband and father of three. For those of you who weren't around during the Civil Rights wars, here's a chance to experience them. For those of you who were, it's a chance to reminisce as if you were hearing it from an old and dear friend. Well written, fast paced, lively, tragic and in the end, joyful.

The film rights to Jamal Joseph's story have been optioned by Focus Features but don't wait until the movie comes out, read the book now. You won't be able to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maurice McCall on June 13, 2012
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Very good read. Well written. Should be must read for every high school student. Helps to get the history of the Black Panthers straight for a new generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Modesta Diamond on June 11, 2012
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Highly recommend this book to old and young people who know nothing of the Black Panther Party. Jamal Joseph takes you right to the place and time without mincing words. Enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Homer on May 7, 2012
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Mr. Joseph, I really enjoyed your book. I just finished reading the book last week. Can you please turn your book into a movie because it is worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2012
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I picked this up on Kindle after reading a short excerpt on the web and had a chance to read it over my spring break. It is an extremely interesting book and a look at a fascinating time in our country's history through the eyes of an urban, black teenager. I must say I know very little about the history of the black panthers and what I did know was through the lens of them being "terrorists." I won't go into my politics, but regardless of that it is a deeply entertaining book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edith A. Campbell on March 3, 2012
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In Panther Baby, Jamal Joseph (born Eddie Joseph) relates personal and historic reason that brought him to join the Black Panther Party. Quickly tracing developments from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights movement through the history of the family with whom he is living, we see how revolutionaries of the sixties were almost a natural development from previous generations. Joseph was an intelligent, keenly aware and angry young Black man who through a series of circumstances decided to join the Black Panther Party. In his anger, he sees the Panthers as a militant organization that will allow him to fight any and every person who crosses his purposeful path. He quickly learned however, that the Panthers were more about doing right than being right; that their struggle was more a class struggle than a race struggle and that their aim was to overthrow the capitalist system that perpetuated inequality and injustice. Readers soon learn that Panthers were not anti-White. They were anti-establishment and anti-government.

Joseph details many community programs run by the Panthers as well as their training with firearms. When he ends up in prison the first time, I think I as a reader began to really see Jamal's deep commitment to the organization. He never seemed to question how he was betrayed. Rather, he took what he had learned from the Panthers and used it to empower his fellow prisoners. He learned the ways of prison life just as he learned the ways of the street and the ways of the Panthers, all of this being a code of decency which when maneuvered correctly allowed one to give and receive respect through proper treatment of others.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie A Stewart on March 3, 2012
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... and I'm eager to share. Inspirational on his NPR interview (...) I heard this morning, I cannot wait to read this book. I want my young, teenaged sons to read it too. Communicating and forgiving... for groups, individuals and countries to aspire to.
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