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The Huey P. Newton Reader Hardcover – May 7, 2002


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (May 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583224661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583224663
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,796,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcos on July 3, 2012
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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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Great detailed easy reading story of Dr. Huey P. Newton from grass roots non-reader to PhD scholar, international hero and revolutionary.
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By Dr_Best on August 15, 2013
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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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14 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2003
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What IS it with goofy liberals who *think* they know what "The Cause" is and take it upon themselves to diss someone like a David Hilliard??? For the record, Mr. Hilliard was the childhood friend of Dr. Newton, the BPP Chief of Staff, and has more true knowledge, fervor and *experience* in "The Cause" than any ne'er do well might think s/he posseses in their small liberal brains.
This compendium is essential reading for anyone interested in revolutionary politics in general, and for an inside look at the theoretical underpinnings of the BPP in particular. Talk a lot but do nothing liberals aside.
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