The Algiers Motel Incident

Author:   John Hersey ,  Danielle L. McGuire
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Edition:   revised edition
ISBN:  

9781421432977


Pages:   432
Publication Date:   10 September 2019
Format:   Paperback
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On the evening of July 25, 1967, on the third night of the 12th Street Riot, Detroit police raided the Algiers Motel. Acting on a report of gunfire, officers rounded up the occupants of the motel's annex-several black men and two white women-and proceeded to beat them and repeatedly threaten to kill them. By the end of the night, three of the men were dead. Three police officers and a private security guard were tried for their deaths; none were convicted. In The Algiers Motel Incident, first published in 1968, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey strings together interviews, police reports, court testimony, and news stories to recount the terrible events of that night. The result is chaotic and sometimes confusing; facts remain elusive. But, Hersey concludes, the truth is clear: three young black men were murdered for being, all in all, black young men and part of the black rage of the time. With a new foreword by award-winning author Danielle L. McGuire, The Algiers Motel Incident is a powerful indictment of racism and the US justice system.

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Author:   John Hersey ,  Danielle L. McGuire
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Edition:   revised edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.590kg
ISBN:  

9781421432977


ISBN 10:   1421432978
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   10 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Inviting and justifying comparisons with Hiroshima, this is Hersey's cauterizing exemplification of the 'most intransigent and fear ridden issue in American life' via the Algiers Motel incident, the wanton murders of three alleged 'snipers' and attendant sexual abuses by the police, during the Detroit riot. Many issues and many people are involved here and with as relentless a glare as the dome light on a police car, Hersey zeroes in on them. There are many 'hurting feeling[s]' here which involve the reader, just as it has Hersey, and certainly there will be many who will be reached who might not be otherwise. The 'incident' however has been handled in such a fashion that it provides all the sociodynamics of the racial thunderhead--an intense, intensive documentary. --Kirkus Reviews Hersey's book is based on months of personal investigation and contains evidence never before made public. He ransacked every available piece of documentation. Thus armed, he tried to work out a tentative scenario of events and, more important, used his data to build up what may be the truest picture yet of the white policeman's role in the ghettos... His collage of interviews, fact, and intuition... jells into a forceful dossier against racism in the U.S. system of justice. --Newsweek This is a brilliant book, a tour de force. --American Sociological Review Hersey's extremely careful and cogent account of the Algiers Motel incident does not suggest that [the law enforcement officers involved] conspired to do anything... It suggests strongly the contrary: that they were doing what came naturally to them, and doing it with gusto. --New York Review of Books


[The Algiers Motel Incident] demonstrates [Hersey's] astonishing talent for eliciting oral history and forensically reconstructing the experiences of people who have endured a major disaster. -- Nicholas Lemann * The New Yoker *


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John Hersey (1914-1993), the author of the bestselling Hiroshima, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his first novel, A Bell for Adano. His numerous other works of nonfiction and fiction include The Wall, Blues, and The Child Buyer. Historian Danielle L. McGuire is an independent scholar and the author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance-A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.

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