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This is the first collection of writings by the founder of the Black Panther Party since his death in 1989. Ten of the 36 selections were published in To Die for the People, an earlier collection released in 1972; the remainder were written after that publication. The book represents the many transformations of Newton's and the party's political ideologies and motivations, including support of the feminist and gay rights movements. Between the opening coverage of how and why Newton and Bobby Seale mobilized the black community to support a program of armed self-defense to the closing excerpts from Newton's Ph.D. dissertation outlining the FBI's COINTELPRO activities to dismantle the Black Panther Party are passionate and captivating writings that reveal a widely read political theorist committed to putting theory into practice to make a better world. This book is essential reading and primary-source research material for understanding the Black Panther Party, grass-roots organizing at its best, and the black power movement. Suitable for public and academic libraries. Sherri Barnes, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara Libs.
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Beginning with his founding of the Black Panther Party in 1966, HUEY P. NEWTON (1941–89) set the political stage for events that would quickly place him and the Panthers at the forefront of the African American liberation movement for the next twenty years.
DAVID HILLIARD is a founding member and former chief of staff of the Black Panther Party. He is the author of This Side of Glory: The Autobiography of David Hilliard and the Story of the Black Panther Party and currently serves as executive director of the Dr.Huey P. Newton Foundation in Oakland, California.
DONALD WIESE is the editor of Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual African-American Fiction. He lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (May 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583224661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583224663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Must read for any Huey P. Newton fan or anyone interested in black panther theories. I think that the Panthers focused too much on race on not class (it is the ruling class, predominately white, that is the object of the theoried oppression, not the white race, and the Panthers and Huey made the bad mistake of separating like minded progressive poor whites or possible ones that they could have recruited by using bad rhetoric, such as constantly naming the enemy as "The White Man" not "The Ruling Class" While they essentially did have there eyes on the proper enemy, they, as I said, made the huge mistake, including Huey, of using that improper rhetoric and separating many working class, poor, and other whites who could have been allies to their civil rights and other causes, and also demonized themselves this way in the media).

Despite this, the Huey P. Newton reader, along with his autobiography "Revolutionary Suicide" which Penguin finally reprinted a few years ago which was long overdue, are must reads for any activist, anarchist, anarcho-socialist, liberatarian, in order to add to their socio-political tool belt.
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Huey Newton was murdered a few months after I moved to San Francisco, aged 22, just out of college. He was the stuff of legend. Famous and infamous. That was many years ago, where I have read many books by activists and revolutionaries. This one stunned me. Huey Newton doesn't deserve the legend he's earned ... No. He's not simply a radical loudmouth that the Establishment would have you believe. He constantly described himself the "theoretician" of the BPP, and he is that: a broad-thinking, critical, constantly evolving revolutionary. He was a man ahead of his time. I am on the second read of the book, having just gotten it. He wows me at so many turns as he breaks down his prison experience, the ruling class, technology, his stance in support of gay and women's liberation* [note: this was a time when those movements were radical, not bourgeois, but stigmatized by a homophobic and macho society]; Huey cut right through that.

You cannot be a radical or a revolutionary in the US and NOT read this book. It IS a must. For one, too often the African experience is overlooked, and two, stodgy intellectuals see Huey as that stuff of legend and perhaps think they cannot stomach the rhetoric. His penetrating excavations remind me of things I've read by Angela Davis, only Newton clearly is trying desperately to reach his audience. Hes states a thesis, then seeming unsure of himself breaks it down and down into smaller pieces.

Finally, I was encouraged to see a clip of him on a Bay Area show a year before he died. He was lucid and just as revolutionary into his 40's where some of his peers have sold out.
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Easily the most complete compilation of the speeches and writings of Huey Newton, and the only one of its kind. To truly understand what the Black Panthers did and believed, this is indispensable.This is not simply a collection of Huey P. Newton's work, but is a biography of the evolution of his thought. It shows how his thinking changed and adapted over time to changing situations and his own experiences.
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Astoundingly fresh after so much time.
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I never knew the life story of Huey P before I read this book. He was a truly amazing man who was determined to see racial equality and empowerment of the oppressed.
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