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In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles - from the black freedom movement to the South African antiapartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that "freedom is a constant struggle."

©2016 Angela Davis (P)2016 Tantor

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"Davis's arguments for justice are formidable.... The power of her historical insights and the sweetness of her dream cannot be denied." ( New York Times)

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Thought provoking

Thought provoking, and has given me much to discuss.

I will definitely read more about the themes she’s discussed.

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  • Jarucia Jaycox
  • 05-05-17

Injustice anywhere is Injustice everywhere

The only struggle I had with this book was with some of the audio edits. It was noticeable when something was recorded later then added in. This was resolved by the last 3 chapters, which--if I can qualify-- triggered the deepest thought and reaction.

Ms. Davis concisely framed a couple of long-wondered questions I had. I come from a family that identifies as white working class. Many of my family members struggle to understand the changing social paradigms in this country and will often make very individualistic comments and criticisms about the deconstructing of things that have long been familiar to them.

I have long struggled to engage these members with mixed success. In this era of Trump, I have realized (and this book affirmed) I need to look beyond the members of my family (whom I love, but cannot always converse with) to the system at large. I need to wonder more about how my work and effort is helping to deconstruct Injustice and inequity while simultaneously reconstruct justice and equity. It's daunting. But as Ms. Davis mentioned several times over (to paraphrase): Who cares if it doesn't happen before I die.We all die. But this system lives on and it MUST change.

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  • BlackMalePower
  • 13-04-17

The voice of God

Davis hammers home the commonalities in the global struggle for progress. Prison eradication, the proliferation of G4S, and the need for collectivism in the age of individualism are all topics I have taken away from this book.

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  • Scott
  • 25-09-16

Brilliant analysis

This timely & brilliant analysis, conveyed through a series of interviews and speeches, provides activists and academics alike substantive conceptions and strategies based on a lifetime of experience, thought, & historical perspective. Angela Davis is a treasure.

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  • Jersey H.
  • 06-02-17

A brilliant listen, far too short.

Angela provides a rare perspective, containing an urgent message requiring action. Her message solidifies transnational solidarity regarding anti-blackness, feminism, anti-militarization and other forms of state-institutional-violence. Through the series of her collected interviews and speeches, one can imagine an overhaul of division, and seek another world in which is possible. Thank you Haymarket, Chicago for making this endeavor a reality.

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  • Andrew
  • 18-09-17

Interview and Reading of Several Speeches

I enjoyed this. It contains several very important ideas. I recommend it. Just be aware that it is an interview that was conducted over email (Angela reads out questions and answers) and the rest of the "book" is a voice recording of her reading several speeches she has given around the world in the last few years. That is not a criticism, but it simply means that there is a limit to how much depth any speech can go into as compared to a book. The other thing to know is that most of the topics and points made in these speeches are repeated in the others as well. This doesn't mean that there are not new ideas, but you will soon recognize a familiar set of talking points. I might have imagined that it would be a book BASED on those speeches that was edited to avoid repetition and to allow Angela to go a little deeper into the topics she discusses. This is not the case. She does a good job reading her words and it is a privilege to hear her talk. I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, but I also think she has helped me think harder and change my mind about many important topics related to justice and freedom.

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  • The Divine Diva
  • 22-02-17

Timely, Relevant, Informative Book

Angela Davis weaves so much history into this short but relevant read. This book can serve as a foundation for grounding any social justice work. I only wish she'd write an addendum in light of the most recent presidential election and legislative acts. Highly recommended reading.

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  • Kirsten N. Esbensen
  • 30-05-17

Current review of fights for global injustices

A must read for those seeking to contribute to the fight against social injustices. It is a compelling read invoking deep thought and connection of global injustice struggles. Also, a great connection of past and present struggles.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-17

Her Voice

Just so awesome hearing her be confidentially candid about matters so sensitive ~ we need to know.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-17

fabulous!

I am rejuvenated with hope restored. must read for all who are ready. be well!

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  • JP
  • 14-04-17

Indispensable Listening for a New World

Davis's perspective on the interrelationship of the global struggles for peace, racial equity and freedom is crucial to any activist's or socially conscious individual's true understanding of what we need to address the ills of society.

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