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on July 3, 2012
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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on August 25, 2014
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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on July 21, 2014
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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on July 16, 2015
Astoundingly fresh after so much time.
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on August 15, 2013
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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on November 26, 2013
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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on April 13, 2016
good read
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on June 13, 2003
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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on May 13, 2003
I would say there are samples of other books, like "Revolutionary Suicide", I don't see exactly why, as this book ("Revolutionary Suicide") isn't out of print...and the fact that you have people like David Hilliard behind this isn't really a good selling point for the true defenders of The Cause. anyways, there are some scoops I would say in this book, and it allows a better understanding of Mr Huey Newton
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on May 14, 2003
I searched this book from beginning to end, and nowhere does it mention Newton's stay in Cuba. If I am wrong please correct me.
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