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The Algiers Motel Incident - John Hersey

The Algiers Motel Incident

By: John Hersey, Thomas J. Sugrue (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 19th December 1997
ISBN: 9780801857775
Number Of Pages: 418
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"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." -- R.A. Sokolov, Newsweek

Thirty years ago, three black men were killed and nine other people brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it in The Algiers Motel Incident, an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan State Troopers, National Guardsmen, and private guards who had been directed to the scene." Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten.

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. -- Edgar Z. Friedenberg * New York Review of Books * This is a brilliant book, a tour de force.. * American Sociological Review * 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. -- R.A. Sokolov * Newsweek *

ISBN: 9780801857775
ISBN-10: 0801857775
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 19th December 1997
Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.24 x 13.77  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.51