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Summary

In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the US, the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the US government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with powerful allies around the world.

Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence.

Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

©2013 Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. (P)2016 Tantor

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"A prodigiously researched work, utilizing academic literature, personal memoir, and conversations with former Black Panther members and associates...." ( Publishers Weekly)

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just the facts. <br />

although it is a well trodden road. this is a well researched and concise price of work.

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Gives another insight of the Panthers

This was a very gripping book that gave in my opinion a balanced view of the positive and negative aspects of The Panthers. The narration was wonderful, all I can say is that I would recommend this book for anybody who wants to gain a greater understanding The Panthers.

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  • Antwine Hurst
  • 24-03-17

the explanation of rise and fall Black Panther

this was a thought provoking listen. the details of how the US government worked to discredit this movement is disturbing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-17

just a very good book

Awesome book another must read for young ppl simply to understand what the real struggle is

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  • Henry Brandon
  • 02-02-18

Excellent!! Who Knew??

Of course one knows about the Black Panthers, but does one “really” know about the Black Panthers? Their influences, their alliances and the many influences as the Civil Rights Movement gave way to the Black Power Movement.

This book does an excellent job of telling their story from rise to fall. Perhaps the only shortcoming is the failure to effectively tie in the utilization of drugs to the destruction of their effectiveness. I don’t want to suggest that it was the only reason, but another reason & was totally excluded from consideration.

In any event the lessons are many & the ask in the conclusion as to why no similar insurgency type organization exists today, is just as cogent of an ask, as any in the book. Well done! BTW, the animated story telling is the best that I’ve heard, to-date & this was about my 5th audible.

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  • Carlos Bryant
  • 17-08-18

Great book

Awesome book. Love the actual history. this should be mandatory reading in highschool s everywhere.

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  • Omar W
  • 25-09-18

Compelling narrative, challenges preconceptions

Black Against Empire is a compelling survey of the Black Panther party that will upend preconceptions. It's well read, rich with narrative but also attentive to the ideas that drove the movement. Even as someone who studies this era, I found the history eye-opening. Highly recommended.

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  • Cody
  • 13-09-18

Great history

Really good listen and informative of the history of the Black Panthers Party for Self Defense.

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  • J. Rajee
  • 30-08-18

Fair and Informative

This was a fair look at this history. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn from this time and build a better tomorrow.

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  • ian
  • 19-07-18

A great read/listen

Amazing academic text. The writing is dense at times, but the narrator handles it well.

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  • Red Robin
  • 06-06-18

History lesson

An interesting read since this took place during my youth and I never really understood the historical significance of the Black Panther movement. It offers an insight into how movements start, develop, and can eventually die because of personal and political circumstances. I suggest this book for it's historical perspective on revolutionary groups and why they develop and thrive or do not thrive.

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  • Devon Wilson
  • 20-05-18

Scholarly but not stuffy

Black against empire provides readers with a primer into the politics, context, evolution and ultimate collapse of the party. It's use of primary sources like the BPP publication and writings from prominent activists paints a detailed picture without getting caught in the weeds.