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The Assassination of Fred Hampton


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Jeffrey Haas is an attorney and cofounder of the People's Law Office, whose clients included the Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society, community activists, and a large number of those opposed to the Vietnam War. He has handled cases involving prisoners' rights, Puerto Rican nationalists, protestors opposed to human rights violations in Central America, police torture, and the wrongfully accused. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


"[A] political cliff-hanger . . . The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police murdered a Black Panther is an expose [that] should be read in schools across the country." -- Huffington Post
"An extraordinary retelling of a shameful chapter in our history. . . . [The book] reveals just how easily justice can be thwarted and malicious aims diguised when powerful people conspire to violate the law (commit murder) and manipulate procedural to avoid responsibility for their crimes. . . . [A] cautionary tale, as well as a story of heroism." --Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
"Required political reading, especially for conservatives who are genuinely concerned about the damage secret government can do." -- Chicago Daily Observer
"An extremely important bookand a tale well toldfor America to read if it wants to become what it says it has always beenthe land of the free and the home of the brave." Ramsey Clark , former United States Attorney General
"At once journalist, lawyer and storyteller, Jeff Haas manages to sear into every page of this book a compassion seemingly forgotten, providing a riveting eyewitness account of the government assassination of Fred Hampton. This is mandatory reading for those who love and believe in freedom." Elaine Brown , author and former chairman of the Black Panther Party
"A must-read." -- Len Weinglass, lawyer and civil rights activist
"A true crime story and legal thriller, this powerful account puts together all the pieces, step by step, giving us the anatomy of a despicable episode in recent American history. The writing is clear and straightforward; the overall impact devastating." - Phillip Lopate, author of Getting Personal
"Part history, part courtroom drama, part literary memoir, Haas evokes with chilling precision a bloody and desperate repressive state apparatus locked in conflict with its greatest fear, a charismatic young black man with revolution on his mind." William Ayers, professor of education, University of Illinois at Chicago

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