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Revolutionary Suicide: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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I had been searching for this book for a while when I found it on the shelf, at B&N of all places. The sad thing is, growing up in Oakland California and reading other books about Huey and the panthers, alot of this things written I already knew of or about.I recommend this book to anyone whom comes across it, but have not read anything or little to nothing about Huey or the panthers. If you are in that unique position where you are searching for first hand information about Mr. Newton or the panthers, get this. Its a great read and very inspiring
Black Power: Politics of Liberation in America

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(Sigh) So to begin this book started with kindling that fire that is at the base of every black man woman and child but then in the middle, I began to see; unlike this books forefathers (i.e. the mis-education of the Negro) it offered no solutions to any of the obvious problems it points out. FOR MYSELF it was to akin to listening to one of my older uncles talk, and talk all day about how the world is wrong and explain in detail what is wrong with it yet they do noting and give no advice on how to solve the problems they see.If you’re looking for a book to explain everything that "the man", "America" and everybody else has done to black people then get this book.If you want some "solutions" and or "methods" on improving yourself as a black person or a person in general I'd get "the mis-education of the negro" and read this later.I really wanted to like this book but I could not. It’s too much a complaint, too much of "I’ve been victimized and Im mad about It." but it lack what I was looking for "what are you going to do about it?"
City of God

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So far I've read 300 pages of how Rome was the best and worst place every but, its picking up unfortunately putting it down and reading something else for right now(update)Finished it and I would say skip the first 300 pages (unless you want a Ancient Roman history lesson) and dive right into the Diamond of Christian theology that this is. An amazing read and piercing right to the soul of matters STILL relevant to today.
The Mis-Education of the Negro

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It is amazing that after almost 75 years this book remains at the forefront of forward thinking. More than just a book, it is a manual; blue print rather for the uplifting and enlightening of a people without the common stowaway of blaming “the-man” as the father, author, creator, and personified of every woe upon the African American people. More amazing yet is that after 75 years the content and thermos of the book remain sound and accurate. The years may have passed but the spirit in which this book was written; the solutions that it gives; and the unequivocal wisdom that lies with in has not. This should most definitely be required reading in every high school English class across America.
A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful: With linked Table of Contents

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If you are into philosophy enough to find this obscure book on your own then you probably would be better off not reading it. It is a very well written, very well thought out work, but at points can be extremely repetitive and short.There are sections where you would hope that Burke would go into vast detail but he only offer a paragraph or two while there are sections that continue on for pages leaving you to question,"why?"At times i also found Burke sounding as if he was giving a scientific report on things that in truth can not now nor have ever been able to be comprehended by science let alone measured.I found part five, which dealt with the words very thought intriguing, it however was not worth reading through the other four to obtain. Part two section two on terror highly quotable as well as all of Part one.Overall I would say if you do find this book and would like to give it a go, Read part one then skip to part five and rest your worry because you are not missing anything.
Manchild in the Promised Land

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Loved this book however, If you have read "Down these mean streets by Piri Thomas"do not read this book. It will just seem like a African American version of the book you've already read
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

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I think I'm going to have to give up on this book. I really dislike saying such things but I am very underwhelmed by The Call of Cthulhu and other weird stories by H.P. Lovecraft. It could be due to desensitization or the amount of hype and praise that various friends gave H.P. Lovecraft. I am a proud child of the 70’s and 80’s so some of the first media I was ever exposed to was the slasher horror flick. Jason, Michael Myers (Halloween 3 sucked so much I begged my mother to let me watch it and was so mad because it was nothing like 1 or 2, and was really poorly written and made no sense) Freddy Kurger, Chucky, Damien, and Regan Burstyn were all the odd protagonist of my day. Some of my favorite television in my childhood was the twilight zone, the outer limits, tales from the darkside, tales from the crypt, monsters, and one of the ones that really love was Friday the 13th the series.When I allotted time to be properly horrified by the man countless critics called, the father and master of American horror I was very disappointed. His writing style is beautiful he is one of the few writers that transform the written word into experience. There is a point that you do not notice where you stop reading and you are merely following the events of the unfolding epic. The unfortunate part is the epic that unfolds is the archetype of anticlimactic. I wanted to like these stories, and they were good, but from what I had heard, I expected a great deal more.Dagon: seemed to be nothing more than a spooky dream that had not reached full nightmare status at worse, an initial outline for The Call of Cthulhu at bestThe Statement of Randolph Carter: Was an attempt at suspense but the constant reminder of the horrors that we can not see, and would drive a weaker man insane only made the second hand recount of the terrors more interesting and I was hoping at one point he would jump down the well and just help his friend. To me as the reader I thought that was the logical next step but it wasn’t and the ending, Ill be honest, was campy.Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family: This was just silly and a tad bit racists. He protagonist sets himself on fire because he finds out that he is probably the last descendent of a race of white gorillas that happen to breed with people.Celphais: Is really a story about a guy that had a good acid dream and spends the rest of his life trying to get back to it and dies when he does.Nyarlathotep: I believe this was probably what inspired the first two mummy movies. If you have seen them then you have the jist of this short here.And the greatThe Call of Cthulhu: This was such a disappointment. Cthulhu is an ageless squid, octopus dragon god with wings that has been dormant but conscience for ages beyond count or measure. It gives artists and poets nightmares and causes its worshipers to go frantic with frenzy. Anyone that speaks of Cthulhu to anyone that does not know of Cthulhu, dies. One day a sailor stumbles upon Dagon’s island… I mean Cthulhu’s island and sees Dagon’s monolith… I mean Cthulhu’s monolith and the rest of ancient city that housed the old one. “and what an age-old cult had failed to do by design, a band of innocent sailors had done by accident. After vigintillions of years great Cthulhu was loose again, and ravening for delight." I mean that line alone just one of the things that angers me. I mean if you have been around trillions of years before the first organisms on earth began to form and shaped the very thoughts of early man in ape form, you could not get one of your worshipers to come jail break you? And how weak are you that a boat can ram you and cause your head to explode. COME ONI read a few other stories but I wont review them because I don’t like to continue in negative. If you like Horror and are a great fan of Poe, stay away from H.P. Lovecraft, save for style and technique alone. The contents of these stories, however beautifully written, are for me a classic case of the dangers of hype.
Huey: Spirit of the Panther

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an excellent book. A great read written by people whom knew the man, not just someone whom had herd about the man. Reading the book you walk in the man's shoes from beginning to tragic end.
Rebelion en la granja

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Im so mad that this book is so good.Do not be deceived into believing that this book's thin manor speaks of its literary wealth I never read this in Jr high or high school. I see now being in the honor English classes just meant nothing. I was forced to the torture of Steinbeck, and other sentimental wastes of paper and ink. Instead of this CLASSIC we had some Shakespeare, but sadly, it was only stories well known like romeo and Juliet and a midsummer might's dream, NEVER anything like Othello or Titus andronicus.What captivated me was the initial hint of rebellion and then the carrying out of said rebellion. The slow, methodical change from a farm for the animals by the animals into a farm of the animals for the pigs enraged me enough to read onward. I hoped that Benjamin (whom Im going to say i believe was gay) would take some gusto and rally everyone to rise up against the pigs, being just as smart if not smarter than any of them, and knowing the truth of everything. The final straw for me was not the end of the book but when ALL THE PIGS did what they did towards the end of the last chapter. (I wont give it away if you're reading the book) it pissed me off and literally had me hoping that something, anything would happen to put an end to the reign of the pigs.I wont go into the obvious and well stated political themes of the book because like i said, its obvious, and probably the reason why you are reading the book. I loved (and still love) 1984 (which if i remember correctly i read before i got into English honor classes) and now, I i will add Animal Farm to it. This should be read in EVERY English class, or better yet in every history, econ, and ploy sci class.ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL.
Manifesto of the Communist Party

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Just finished the communist manifesto. In an ideal world communism and democracy would combine to create a form of government where the individual is represented and respected while the state takes away the burned of merely existing like men of ole. Working only to provide: food, water, shelter, clothing, and transportation. Leaving man to focus on the development of self AND state. I know the only way a society like that could ever be is with the total annihilation of capitalism (not democracy) and the social enlightenment that self-worth derived from competition is false and that self worth starts internally and THEN extends out, no costume or mask that one adorns can ever really give value because material does not last as long as self and value in material things fade soon as the "thing" fades.
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