Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave by Barbara Casey {Book Review}

Disclosure: Leels Loves Books, on behalf of Life as Leels, received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Assata Shakur A 20th Century Escaped Slave by Barbara CaseyTitle: Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave
Pages: 210

In May 1973, Assata Olugbala Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and assaulting Trooper James Harper. This resulted in her indictment of first-degree murder of Foerster and seven other felonies related to the shootout. A member of the Black Panther Party, she became a prime target of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Counterintelligence Program. When she joined the Black Liberation Army and went into hiding, between 1973 and 1977, she was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted List for three bank robberies, the kidnapping and murder of two drug dealers, and the attempted murder of two New Jersey police officers.

In March 1977 Assata Shakur was convicted of murdering state trooper Werner Forrester and was imprisoned. Two years later she broke out of the maximum-security wing of Clinton Correctional Facility in New Jersey, pistol in hand, as she and three cohorts sped out of the prison grounds. In 1984 she was granted political asylum in Cuba where she has lived ever since. On May 2, 2013, the FBI added her to the Most Wanted Terrorist List, the first woman to be listed. Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave is the story of Assata Shakur, before she became a fugitive and since.

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This is one of those reads that you aren’t sure what you are going to get when you open the cover.

There was a lot of detail, information, and history that I wasn’t aware of.

I love learning about history, the things that happened, and the people that were involved. I enjoyed that the author tried to keep the details as factual as possible based on research rather than being biased in the storyline.

I will admit that parts of the book were difficult for me to read through because of my own personal beliefs and values. I have a hard time really wrapping my mind around racism and segregation so to read about it; to read the details; and to hear the things that people did to other people made it difficult at times.

All in all, I enjoyed reading about Assata and learning a new piece of history that I may have never known otherwise.

About the Author

Barbara CaseyBarbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her previous nonfiction true crime work, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant for independent publishers and writers, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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3 comments on “Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave by Barbara Casey {Book Review}

  1. Leila,

    Thank you for taking the time to review my latest nonfiction book, ASSATA SHAKUR: A 20TH CENTURY ESCAPED SLAVE. I sincerely appreciate your kind remarks and praise. Assata reflects a difficult period in our country’s history, and even after all this time, she continues to be a loud voice not only in this country, but around the world.

    I wish you and your bloggers all my best.


    1. I hope you will, Ashley. My book not only reveals the terrible struggle our nation went through, but the mindset of the people fighting against it–specifically, Assata Shakur. Thank you for commenting.

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