Assata: An Autobiography (book)

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Assata: An Autobiography
AuthorAssata Shakur
CountryUnited States, Cuba
PublisherLawrence Hill Books[1]
Pages320 pp

Assata: An Autobiography is a 1988 autobiographical book by Assata Shakur.[1]


"To My People"[edit]

"To My People" was a recorded statement released on Independence Day, 1973 that was broadcast on numerous radio stations. The recording was released in response to the New Jersey Turnpike Shooting. In the recording, Assata publicly described herself as a black revolutionary and her participation in Black Liberation Army and her participation in the incident. In the message Assata describes the corruption of police, structural inequality between blacks and whites, and the American support of brutal wars and regimes in Cambodia, Vietnam, and South Africa.

Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times' review stated "The book's abrupt shifts in time can annoy after a while, as can the liberties she takes with spelling - court, America and Rockefeller, for example, become kourt, amerika and Rockafella. But, all in all, the author provides a spellbinding tale that evokes mixed feelings in the way the autobiographies of Malcolm X, Sonny Carson and Claude Brown did in years past."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Shipp, E. R. (1988). "IN SHORT; NONFICTION". The New York Times.