November 1, 2001

Assata: An Autobiography

by Assata Shakur


Originally published in 1987

​​On May 2, 1973, Assata Shakur lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a state trooper. Shakur was incarcerated for four years after which she was convicted as an accomplice to murder in 1977. Two years after her conviction, she escaped from prison and was given political asylum by Cuba.


In this autobiography, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and demise of revolutionary groups.


- adapted and revised from publisher


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