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Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) Paperback – 1 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st. Scribner Trade Paperback Edition edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684850044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684850047
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.1 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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""Ready for Revolution" captures Carmichael's electrifying moments in the national spotlight and his emblematic journey."
-- "The New York Times Book Review"

"Stokely Carmichael is the most courageous and consistent black revolutionary of his generation. Long live his spirit!"
-- Cornel West, professor, Princeton University

"Ready for Revolution captures Carmichael's electrifying moments in the national spotlight and his emblematic journey."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"Maybe the single best autobiography to come out of the Movement struggles....Carmichael turns out to be a wonderful storyteller with a marvelous ear for dialogue."
-- Bookforum

"Carmichael's magnetism seeps through. The courage, warmth, and compassion of the man, the sharp intellect and devilish sense of humor. All are there."
-- The Washington Post

"Be prepared to revise your understanding of civil rights....Ready for Revolution [allows] Carmichael to tell his story and finally take his rightful place in history."
-- Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Stokely Carmichael, was among the most fiery and visible leaders of Black militancy in the United States in the 1960s, first as head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and then as prime minister of the Black Panther Party, where he coined the phrase "Black Power." In 1969 he cut his ties with American groiups over the issue of allying with White radicals, and moved to Guinea. He declared himself a pan-Africanist. In 1978 he changed his name to Kwame Ture, to honor African socialist leaders Kwame Nkrumah and Ahmed Sekoe Toure. He lived in Guinea for 33 years, until his diagnosis with prostate cancer. He died on November 15, 1998.

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"Ready For Revolution" is a beautiful, deeply moving account of a great liberation warrior, a man who is frequently overlooked in the narratives of the time. If you are at all interested in the heritage of Malcolm X, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, you will have to buy Stokely Carmichael's memoirs. What stands out is the man's commitment, his fearlessness, his great intelligence, insight, sense of revolutionary strategy and his good nature.

My only reservation is the editing, which is confusing at times : Ekwuame Thelwell,the editor, has added a lot ( I mean a lot ) of explanatory matter and ultra-detailed minutiae bang in the middle of the text that perhaps would have been better placed as footnotes or appendix end notes. It sometimes informs, but more than frequently breaks the flow of the narrative and prose.

Besides that, it is an essential book to buy. Thrilling, moving, enlightening and deeply inspiring;it is one of those rare books that has the soulful intensity, courage and ideological power to change the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Ready, Kwame 27 Nov. 2015
By phillip king - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the great autobiographies I have ever read. This is on par with Malcolm X's autobiography in terms of it's density and revealing information about how the system of white supremacy works, from the perspective of a brilliant man. From his days as a Black youth traveling from Trinidad and Tobago to America to live with his parents to working with SNCC to the Black Power Movement to his travels around the world as a targeted enemy of white supremacy and speaking with other great figures like Fidel Castro, Shirley Graham Du Bois and Kwame Nkrumah, Kwame Ture gives a very informative first hand account of efforts of a man with unwavering devotion to the well-being of Afrikan people worldwide. The slang Kwame uses in the book my be jarring to some, but I understood even though my background in no way resembles his. The book is 791 pages, the longest book I've ever read and there is not a wasted page in the bunch. A must read for all true Afrikans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2017
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A must.
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By Jacqueline Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was excellently well written. The author has written this book demonstrating excellent writing skills. Anyone who is attempting to write can learn a lot from the writing techniques. Pounctuation, grammer, spelling, every thing was well fashioned. As for his life story, 'VERY INTERESTING'

I am originally from the island of Trinidad, the same country in which he was born. I had heard of him and became interested in his writing just before his death. His life should be made into a movie. Great reading everyone. You will not want to put down this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 May 2017
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Excellent read
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Aug. 2016
By BaB - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice book
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