Target Zero: A Life in Writing

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Former Black Panther information minister Eldridge Cleaver was a complex man who inspired profound adulation, love, rage, and, among many, fear. Target Zero brings Cleaver's controversial story into focus through his own words. This books charts Cleaver's life through his writings: his quiet childhood, his youth spent in prison, his startling emergence as a Black Panther leader who became a "fugitive from justice" by the end of 1968, his seven-year exile, and his religious and political conversion following his return to the U.S. Target Zero, which brings together previously unpublished essays, short stories, letters, interviews, and poems, is the most significant collection of Eldridge Cleaver's writing since his bestselling book Soul on Ice (1968).

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Eldridge Cleaver is the celebrated author of Soul on Ice and was the information minister of the Black Panther Party. Kathleen Cleaver is a senior lecturer at Yale University and at Emory Law School. She joined Eldridge Cleaver in the Black Panther Party in 1967, when they married. She is an attorney and author, and is currently at work on her memoir, Memories of Love and War.

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This collection traces the life of civil rights activist and Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver using his own words. Divided into four parts ("Early Years," "Revolution," "Exile" and "Transition"), the volume moves from Cleaver's reminisces of his youth in southern California, through his extensive prison internment (which, as he tells it, provided the impetus for his intellectual development), his time with the then-fledgling Black Panthers, his seven-year exile in Cuba, Algeria and France, and finally, his continued efforts at promoting civil rights upon his return to the United States. These essays, poems, excerpts of Eldridge's autobiography and interviews work together to reveal the tempestuous and complex workings of a man as he evolved from a child angry at his father for beating his mother to an angst-ridden radical convinced that rape was a revolutionary act, to an international fugitive and, finally, to a converted Christian activist. Cleaver's language varies dramatically throughout the course of his story: the same man who wrote, "a pig white...deep-fried in the fat of his own bullshit" later penned a poem called "A Love Letter Writing Butterfly" that contains the line, "I'm a dreamer looking for a dreamgirl."
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