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By Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown assumed her position because the first and purely lady chief of the Black Panther celebration with those phrases: “I have the entire weapons and all of the funds. i will be able to stand up to problem from with no and from inside of. Am I correct, Comrade?” It was once August 1974. From a small Oakland-based telephone, the Panthers had grown to develop into a innovative nationwide association, mobilizing black groups and white supporters around the country—but relentlessly certain through the police and the FBI, and more and more riven through violence and strife inside. How Brown got here to a place of strength over this paramilitary, male-dominated association, and what she did with that strength, is a riveting, unsparing account of self-discovery.
            Brown’s tale starts with turning out to be up in an impoverished local in Philadelphia and attending a predominantly white institution, the place she first sensed what it intended to be black, woman, and bad in the United States. She describes her political awakening throughout the bohemian years of her youth, and her time as a foot soldier for the Panthers, who looked as if it would carry the promise of redemption. and she or he tells of her ascent into the higher echelons of Panther management: her tumultuous dating with the charismatic Huey Newton, who may develop into her lover and her nemesis; her adventure with the male strength rituals that might sow the seeds of the party's dying; and the scars that she either suffered and inflicted in that era’s paradigm-shifting clashes of intercourse and tool. attractive, lyrical, and acute, this can be the indelible testimony of a black woman’s conflict to outline herself.

“A sparkling achievement.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Honest, humorous, subjective, unsparing, and passionate. . . A style of Power weaves autobiography and political background right into a tale that fascinates and illuminates.” —The Washington Post
 
“A attractive photograph of a black woman’s coming of age in the US. placed it at the shelf beside The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” —Kirkus Reviews

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