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Live from death row
Publication Information:
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., c1995.
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xxxvii, 215 p. ; 21 cm.
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1290 L
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Book HV8699.U5 A65 1995 1 .SOURCE. Gift of Amnesty Int'l 2/00

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Awaiting execution for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman, the author describes the brutality and humiliation of prison life and argues that the justice system is racist and ruled by political expediency.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A former Philadelphia radio reporter, on death row since his 1982 conviction for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer‘in a flawed case he's trying to reopen‘Abu-Jamal gained attention last year when National Public Radio rescinded its plan to broadcast his commentaries. This collection of brief writings, including some intended for NPR, presents a bracing challenge to complacent views about crime, race and incarceration‘and surely deserved airing. ``Encased within a psychic cocoon of negativity, the bad get worse and feed on evil's offal,'' he writes, noting the irony of the term ``corrections.'' In the postindustrial age, he comments, America is the world's prison leader, and crack's devastation of black America reminds him of the impact of alcohol on Native Americans. Abu-Jamal is a radical, and while his view of the government's attacks on the Branch Davidians and on the Philadelphia radical group MOVE is appropriately skeptical, his uncritical support for Black Panther Huey Newton and MOVE may dismay even those sympathetic to his general critique. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

After a bizarre shooting of a policeman and an equally bizarre trial, Abu-Jamal was convicted of murder and sentenced to Pennsylvania's death row. Twelve years later, he is still there, although new evidence has been found to support his innocence. This volume is a collection of his writings, which, for the most part, document the atrocities of prison life. The reader may sympathize with Abu-Jamal's plight and even question his guilt in the shooting but will probably find this book fragmented and sketchy. Instead of a continuous narrative, Abu-Jamal offers brief notes drawn together under one theme. Good prose is drowned by ravings and accusations. One can see why Abu-Jamal's commentaries on National Public Radio were abruptly canceled. The book will probably not be of value to public or academic libraries. It might be of use in correctional facility libraries where readers are interested in the case.‘Frances Sandiford, Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Introductionp. xxiii
Teetering on the Brink between Life and Deathp. 3
Descent into Hellp. 22
The Visitp. 25
On Tilt by State Designp. 28
On Death Row: Fade to Blackp. 32
From an Echo in Darkness, a Step into Lightp. 40
Nightraiders Meet Ragep. 44
Actin' like Life's a Ball Gamep. 49
Legal Outlaws: Bobby's Battle for Justicep. 52
Manny's Attempted Murderp. 56
A Toxic Shockp. 60
Spirit Deathp. 64
A Return to Deathp. 67
Days of Pain Night of Deathp. 71
Relatives Decry ""Camp Hell""p. 75
B-Block Days and Nightmaresp. 79
Human Waste Campsp. 89
Black March to Deathp. 92
Slavery Daze IIp. 95
Skeleton Bayp. 99
No Law, No Rightsp. 103
Two Bites of the Apple in Dixiep. 106
Blackmun Bows out of the Death Gamep. 112
Jury of Peers?p. 116
Expert Witness from Hellp. 119
The Demand for Deathp. 122
Already out of the Gamep. 125
A Bill That Is a Crimep. 128
Musings on Malcolmp. 133
Deadly DéJà Vup. 137
Rodney Wasn't the Only Onep. 140
L.A. Outlawp. 143
Absence of Powerp. 146
Clinton Guillotines Guinierp. 149
Another Side of Gloryp. 152
What, to a Prisoner, Is the Fourth of July?p. 156
A House Is Not a Homep. 160
The Lost Generation?p. 163
Blues for Hueyp. 166
Philly Daze: an Impressionistic Memoirp. 171
The Trial of Mumia Abu-Jamalp. 195
About the Authorp. 213