Let It Burn: MOVE, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Confrontation that Changed a City

4.15 avg rating
( 62 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781937868321: Let It Burn: MOVE, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Confrontation that Changed a City
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

"A balanced, well-written account which provides the best overall understanding of these events."
Library Journal

"Compelling."—Publishers Weekly

"A solid report from an unusual perspective."—Kirkus Reviews

"A balanced view."—Booklist

On a narrow street in a working-class neighborhood, the police are held at bay by a small band of armed radicals. Two assaults have already failed. After a morning-long battle involving machine guns, explosives, and tear gas, the radicals remain defiant. In a command post across the street from the boarded-up row house that serves as the militants' headquarters, the beleaguered police commissioner weighs his options and decides on a new plan. He will bomb the house.

Let It Burn is the true-life story of the confrontation between the Philadelphia Police Department and the MOVE organization—a group that rejected modern technology and fought for what it called "natural law." The police commissioner's decision to drop an "explosive device" onto the house's roof—and then to let the resulting fire burn while adults and children remained in the house—was the final tragic chapter in a decades-long series of clashes that had already left one policeman dead and others injured, dozens of MOVE members behind bars, and their original compound razed to the ground.

By the time the fire burned itself out, eleven MOVE members, many of them women and small children, would be dead. Sixty-one houses in the neighborhood would be destroyed.

There would be a city inquiry, numerous civil suits, and two grand-jury inquests following the confrontation. Michael Boyette served on one of the grand juries, where he had a front-row seat as the key players and witnesses—including Mayor Wilson Goode and future Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell—recounted their roles in the tragedy. After the grand jury concluded its investigation, he and coauthor Randi Boyette conducted additional independent research—including exclusive interviews with police who had been on the scene and with MOVE members—to create this moment-by-moment account of the confrontation and the events leading up to it.

Michael Boyette is a veteran journalist and author of ten books. He served on the grand jury that investigated the MOVE confrontation. Currently he is the editorial director at Rapid Learning Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

Randi Boyette is a former book editor and coauthor of two books. Currently she serves as a regional education director for a national civil rights and human relations organization. She holds a B.A. in History from Temple University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Michael Boyette
Published by Quadrant Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books, 2013. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Boyette, Michael
Published by Quadrant Books 10/1/2013 (2013)
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books 10/1/2013, 2013. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Let It Burn. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Boyette, Michael
Published by Quadrant Books (2018)
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 193786832X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Boyette, Michael; Boyette, Randi
Published by Quadrant Books
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 15
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 193786832X BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|1.17. Seller Inventory # OTF-Y-9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.06
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Michael Boyette
Published by Quadrant Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. A balanced, well-written account which provides the best overall understanding of these events. -Library Journal. Compelling. -Publishers Weekly. A solid report from an unusual perspective. -Kirkus Reviews A balanced view. -Booklist. On a narrow street in a working-class neighborhood, the police are held at bay by a small band of armed radicals. Two assaults have already failed. After a morning-long battle involving machine guns, explosives, and tear gas, the radicals remain defiant. In a command post across the street from the boarded-up row house that serves as the militants headquarters, the beleaguered police commissioner weighs his options and decides on a new plan. He will bomb the house. Let It Burn is the true-life story of the confrontation between the Philadelphia Police Department and the MOVE organization-a group that rejected modern technology and fought for what it called natural law. The police commissioner s decision to drop an explosive device onto the house s roof-and then to let the resulting fire burn while adults and children remained in the house-was the final tragic chapter in a decades-long series of clashes that had already left one policeman dead and others injured, dozens of MOVE members behind bars, and their original compound razed to the ground. By the time the fire burned itself out, eleven MOVE members, many of them women and small children, would be dead. Sixty-one houses in the neighborhood would be destroyed. There would be a city inquiry, numerous civil suits, and two grand-jury inquests following the confrontation. Seller Inventory # AAV9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Michael Boyette
Published by Quadrant Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. A balanced, well-written account which provides the best overall understanding of these events. -Library Journal. Compelling. -Publishers Weekly. A solid report from an unusual perspective. -Kirkus Reviews A balanced view. -Booklist. On a narrow street in a working-class neighborhood, the police are held at bay by a small band of armed radicals. Two assaults have already failed. After a morning-long battle involving machine guns, explosives, and tear gas, the radicals remain defiant. In a command post across the street from the boarded-up row house that serves as the militants headquarters, the beleaguered police commissioner weighs his options and decides on a new plan. He will bomb the house. Let It Burn is the true-life story of the confrontation between the Philadelphia Police Department and the MOVE organization-a group that rejected modern technology and fought for what it called natural law. The police commissioner s decision to drop an explosive device onto the house s roof-and then to let the resulting fire burn while adults and children remained in the house-was the final tragic chapter in a decades-long series of clashes that had already left one policeman dead and others injured, dozens of MOVE members behind bars, and their original compound razed to the ground. By the time the fire burned itself out, eleven MOVE members, many of them women and small children, would be dead. Sixty-one houses in the neighborhood would be destroyed. There would be a city inquiry, numerous civil suits, and two grand-jury inquests following the confrontation. Seller Inventory # AAV9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Michael Boyette
Published by Ignition Books
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ignition Books. Paperback. Condition: New. 364 pages. Dimensions: 8.4in. x 5.8in. x 0.7in.A balanced, well-written account which provides the best overall understanding of these events. Library Journal Compelling. Publishers Weekly A solid report from an unusual perspective. Kirkus Reviews A balanced view. Booklist On a narrow street in a working-class neighborhood, the police are held at bay by a small band of armed radicals. Two assaults have already failed. After a morning-long battle involving machine guns, explosives, and tear gas, the radicals remain defiant. In a command post across the street from the boarded-up row house that serves as the militants headquarters, the beleaguered police commissioner weighs his options and decides on a new plan. He will bomb the house. Let It Burn is the true-life story of the confrontation between the Philadelphia Police Department and the MOVE organizationa group that rejected modern technology and fought for what it called natural law. The police commissioners decision to drop an explosive device onto the houses roofand then to let the resulting fire burn while adults and children remained in the housewas the final tragic chapter in a decades-long series of clashes that had already left one policeman dead and others injured, dozens of MOVE members behind bars, and their original compound razed to the ground. By the time the fire burned itself out, eleven MOVE members, many of them women and small children, would be dead. Sixty-one houses in the neighborhood would be destroyed. There would be a city inquiry, numerous civil suits, and two grand-jury inquests following the confrontation. Michael Boyette served on one of the grand juries, where he had a front-row seat as the key players and witnessesincluding Mayor Wilson Goode and future Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendellrecounted their roles in the tragedy. After the grand jury concluded its investigation, he and coauthor Randi Boyette conducted additional independent researchincluding exclusive interviews with police who had been on the scene and with MOVE membersto create this moment-by-moment account of the confrontation and the events leading up to it. Michael Boyette is a veteran journalist and author of ten books. He served on the grand jury that investigated the MOVE confrontation. Currently he is the editorial director at Rapid Learning Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Randi Boyette is a former book editor and coauthor of two books. Currently she serves as a regional education director for a national civil rights and human relations organization. She holds a B. A. in History from Temple University and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Michael Boyette
Published by Quadrant Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books, 2013. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.06
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Boyette, Michael; Boyette, Randi
Published by Quadrant Books
ISBN 10: 193786832X ISBN 13: 9781937868321
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quadrant Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 193786832X Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9781937868321

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds