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Soul on Ice Paperback – January 12, 1999
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"A remarkable book...beautifully written...Eldridge Cleaver makes you twist and flinch...he throws light on the dark areas that we wish he would leave alone."—The Nation
"Brilliant and revealing."—New York Times Book Review
"All the essays [in Soul on Ice] deal with racial hurt, racial struggle, and racial pride...Eldridge Cleaver is a promising and powerful writer, an intelligent and turbulent and passionate and eloquent man."—Robert Coles, Atlantic Monthly
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By turns shocking and lyrical, unblinking and raw, the searingly honest memoirs of Eldridge Cleaver are a testament to his unique place in American history. Cleaver writes in Soul on Ice, "I'm perfectly aware that I'm in prison, that I'm a Negro, that I've been a rapist, and that I have a Higher Uneducation." What Cleaver shows us, on the pages of this now classic autobiography, is how much he was a man.
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Cleaver becomes especially interested in the writings of Thomas Merton, particularly his excerpt on the "New York Black Ghetto: Harlem." After many religious endeavors, Cleaver found himself most intrigued by the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. Malcolm X appealed to the black convicts caught in the vicious prison paroll cycle, like himself. One aspect in which Cleaver felt most attracted to in Malcolm was that the society owed a debt to prisoners and not vice versa. Malcolm X did not "compromise truth to have favor with the white power structure." The American tactic was to emmasculate the black leadership and to manipulate them. The unique black leader who would defy white power would ultimately end up dead, in prison, or forced out of the country. Classic illustrations of this policy are the careers of Marcus Garvey, W. E. B. Dubois, and Paul Robeson.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is old (some 30-40 years, I think), but it still has relevance. It struck me as relevant. This guys certainly seems to have experiences that not a whole lot of authors... Read morePublished 2 months ago by foolish
This is a poor quality of a photocopied book. Do not purchase as you will not be able to read it on your iPad because the book is copied the wrong way and rotates each time you try... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Winston Simmons
this is an out of page order photocopy of the book,impossible to read.should have been vetted by amazon. i want my money back! or a readable version…Published 7 months ago by Andrew Ellis
The chapter with the love letters - straight inmate poetry - I laughed. The rest of the book, meh.Published 9 months ago by Ms. 90
This was an interesting book. Eldridge Cleaver didn't hold anything back. I recommend this book for any African American reader.Published 10 months ago by eugene winters jr.
With recent social upheavals, rampant materialism, political quagmire, and a general sense of dishonesty, reading Soul on Ice written nearly 50 years ago acted as a balm to soothe... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Beverly J. Odom