Black Against Empire

  • by Joshua Bloom, Waldo E. Martin Jr.
  • Narrated by Ron Butler
  • 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


What the Critics Say

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


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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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- Antwine Hurst

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio