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Taste of Power : A Black Woman's Story

Taste of Power : A Black Woman's Story - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679419440

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ISBN13: 978-0679419440
ISBN10: 0679419446
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Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Published: 1992
International: No

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Taste of Power : A Black Woman's Story - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679419440

Elaine Brown

ISBN13: 978-0679419440
ISBN10: 0679419446
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Pantheon Books

Published: 1992
International: No
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''I have all the guns and all the money. I can withstand challenge from without and from within. Am I right, comrades? With these words, Elaine Brown proclaimed to the assembled leadership of the Black Panther Party that she was now in charge. It was August 1974. The Panthers had grown from a small Oakland-based cell to a national organization that had mobilized black communities throughout the country. The party's achievements had won the support of millions of white liberals, but the violent assaults on the party by the police had brought death or imprisonment to many of its prominent members. Now its charismatic leader, Huey Newton, heading for refuge in Cuba, asked Elaine Brown to hold together a party threatened by internal conflict and the FBI. How she came to that position of power over a paramilitary, male-dominated organization and what she did with that power is an unsparing story of self-discovery.'' ''Growing up in a black Philadelphia ghetto and attending a predominantly white school, Elaine Brown learned firsthand the pain and powerlessness of being black and female. The Panthers held the promise of redemption. Elaine's account of her life at the highest levels of the Panthers' hierarchy illuminates more than the pain of sexism and the struggle against racism: The male power rituals she recounts carried the seeds of the Black Panther Party's destruction. Nowhere was this undertow more evident than in the complex character of Huey Newton, who became Elaine's lover and ultimately her nemesis.'' ''More than ajourney through a turbulent time in American history, this is the story of a black woman's battle to define herself. Freedom, Elaine Brown discovered, may be more than a political question.''--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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