The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther


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Lawrence Hill Books
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.28 pounds

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About the Author

Attorney Jeffrey Haas has spent his career working for justice. In 1969 he and three other lawyers set up the People's Law Office, whose clients included the Black Panthers, SDS, and other political activists. Haas went on to handle cases involving prisoners' rights, police torture, and the wrongfully accused. He continues to represent victims of police brutality.


"[A] political cliff-hanger . . . an exposé [that] should be read in schools across the country." --Huffington Post

"An extraordinary retelling of a shameful chapter in our history. . . . reveals just how easily justice can be thwarted and malicious aims disguised 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

"Required political reading, especially for conservatives who are genuinely concerned about the damage secret government can do." --Chicago Daily Observer

"An extremely important book--and a tale well told--for America to read if it wants to become what it says it has always been--the land of the free and the home of the brave." --Ramsey Clark, former United States Attorney General

"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

"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

"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

"A must-read." --Len Weinglass, lawyer and civil rights activist
"A riveting account of the assassination, the plot behind it, the attempted cover-up, the denouement, and the lessons that we should draw from this shocking tale of government iniquity." --Noam Chomsky, author and political activist