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Assata Shakur Book By Barbara Casey

Book Description:

In May 1973, Assata Olugbala Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and assaulting Trooper James Harper. This resulted in her indictment of first-degree murder of Foerster and seven other felonies related to the shootout. A member of the Black Panther Party, she became a prime target of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Counterintelligence Program. When she joined the Black Liberation Army and went into hiding, between 1973 and 1977, she was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for three bank robberies, the kidnapping and murder of two drug dealers, and the attempted murder of two New Jersey police officers.

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In March 1977 Assata Shakur was convicted of murdering state trooper Werner Forrester and was imprisoned. Two years later she broke out of the maximum-security wing of Clinton Correctional Facility in New Jersey, pistol in hand, as she and three cohorts sped out of the prison grounds. In 1984 she was granted political asylum in Cuba where she has lived ever since. On May 2, 2013, the FBI added her to the Most Wanted Terrorist List, the first woman to be listed. Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave is the story of Assata Shakur, before she became a fugitive and since.

I rated this book 4 ****’s 

Assata Shakur’s life will keep you breathless  
This is my second book that I read from the author Ms. Barbara Casey. Just like my first book, I also loved reading the life and legacy of Assata Shakur. 
I loved to watch documentary especially about criminals on TV. It intrigues me and there is something unique about learning profile of criminals. Capturing them from the best authorities even mesmerizes me. 
Reading this book not only you learned from history but usually how Assata Shakur’s life from the beginning to the end as being fugitive. What I loved about her is? She will not allow anybody to step on her toes because she is a black woman. This girl is feisty and loved her even more. 

History is a beautiful subject to learned so as this book. It is educational, thrilling at the same time phenomenal. Life is about experienced and this book will teaches you a lot more life itself. I loved that this book is about woman fugitive. It seldom happen that a woman is a fugitive and even captured my mind to read it even more.

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Author’s Bio:

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her previous nonfiction true crime work, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant for independent publishers and writers, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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Connect with the author:  Website

How did you do research for your book?

Since this book is nonfiction, it was necessary to do a lot of research. It was made even more difficult by the fact that no other book has been written about Joanne Chesimard aka Assata Shakur other than her own autobiography. Because of her activities in the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Movement, as well as the numerous crimes she supposedly committed, I was able to uncover a lot of information through interviews, court transcripts, newspapers, birth records, FBI documents, and writings of her associates who were involved with her in criminal activities.

What was the most difficult part to write in your book?

In writing about Assata Shakur, I wanted to present all of the evidence and facts about her life objectively and without bias. This was extremely difficult because of the crimes she committed and her behavior throughout her trials. I believe I succeeded, however, in writing a comprehensive biography that will allow the readers to make their own judgments of Assata Shakur.

In the title of your book you make a reference to Assata Shakur as being “a 20th century escaped slave.” How did you come up with this idea?

Throughout her life, Assata Shakur thought of herself as a slave in a white man’s society. When she escaped from prison, she once again referred to herself as a slave who had escaped. It just seemed appropriate to make that my sub title.

What made you write a book about Assata Shakur?

Until recently, all of my books have been fiction—novels written for adults and young adults. Last year I wrote my first book of nonfiction—Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, and it has been quite successful. In fact, it has been optioned for a major film and TV series. So when our government relaxed its closed-door policy with Cuba, the country to where Assata Shakur has been living in exile, I thought it would make an interesting book to look into her life.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

Inspiration for my stories comes in many forms. Many of my novels—such as The Cadence of Gypsies and The Wish Rider, the first two books in The F.I.G. Mystery Seriesstarted out as a single line of poetry. From that I have developed The F.I.G. Mystery Series. Inspiration for my adult novel, The House of Kane, which was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, came to me because of my many years of working in the publishing industry. Probably the most unusual inspiration came to me when I wrote The Gospel According to Prissy, also a novel for adults. It is the story of a child who was born with the gift of prophecy and I first got the idea after reading an article in the newspaper of a five-year-old child who preached the gospel.

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The House Of Kane Book By Barbara Casey

Aislinn Marchánt, a writer and editorial consultant, is hired by the major New York publishing company, Kane Publishing House, to help determine why several submissions sent to them have mysteriously disappeared only to be published later by another publisher. Are the editors at Kane simply not being diligent enough with the in-coming material, or is there something more sinister going on? Working from her West Palm Beach home, Aislinn quickly becomes involved with the House of Kane as well as with Caldwell Kane, the man who hired her.

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As Aislinn works toward uncovering the various layers of truth of her former husband, her elderly neighbor, and Kane Publishing House, she continues to research her own novel, the story of a love between two people that becomes fractured because of the misunderstandings created by two different cultures. Her research takes her to abotanica where a Santerian priest reveals the truth in her own life and a destiny that is joined to that of Caldwell Kane.

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Praise for The House of Kane:

Simultaneously wise and poignant, exotic and suspenseful, House of Kane is a fascinating story of loyalty, treachery and the power of destiny. With an insider’s view into the world of high stakes publishing, Barbara Casey weaves a masterful story that haunts the reader long after the final page.

– Nancy Steinbeck, Author of The Other Side of Eden: Life with John Steinbeck

Barbara Casey’s House of Kane is a touchingly tender love story, set in an intrigue-riddled

publishing industry. Her characters are interesting and varied. Her story is refreshing and engagingly told. Aspiring writers will want to read House of Kane to tap her wisdom about getting into print.

– John DeDakis, Former CNN Senior Copy Editor, Author of Fast Track

I rated this book 5*****’s 

What a beautiful story of frustration, betrayal, fortune and second chance of love.

This book is so intense. It started slowly for me at first but once the phase started, the book is hard to put it down. It is a beautiful story of frustration, betrayal, fortune, and second chance of love.

In reality a betrayal does not work. You always fail if you are doing it. You will never be successful. Second chance of love is my favorite lesson from The House Of Kane among fortune and triumph. You will fall in-love with this book as you go along chases the culprit.

The story is so amazing. I really loved reading this book. I LOVED that there is a quote in each chapters. It gives us deeper understanding how author really is. We can feel their frustration, failure and triumph as they write a book.


I received a paperback copy of the book in exchange of my honest review.

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Author’s Bio:

Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

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Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

Connect with the author:   Website

Interview with Barbara Casey

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

There is no one place where I find inspiration – it can come from anywhere. And as strange as it sounds, several of my books were inspired by a line of poetry. In this case, The House of Kane, I remembered seeing all of the beautiful publishing houses when I went to visit New York City as a little girl. It was from that memory that I created my story.

There are many books out there about the disappointments of being a writer. What makes yours different?

The whole process of getting published is almost a religious experience. The publishing house is like a church or place of worship. So many books are written about the writer and the difficulties of getting published, but there aren’t that many books about what actually takes place within the publishing house itself – or the possibility that something less than church-like is taking place. In The House of Kane, I bring scandal into the publishing house and the worst thing that can happen to a writer—plagiarism. Incidentally, The House of Kane was considered for a Pulitzer nomination.

What advice would you give budding writers?

A writer must realize that getting published really is a long process. Therefore, you must create what you believe is your best, believe in it, submit it, and immediately start on another manuscript.

Your book is set in Florida and New York. Have you ever been there?

I lived in West Palm Beach, Florida, for many years, and have traveled to New York numerous times. It helps, when you are writing about a particular place, to have actually been there, know the streets, know what vegetation grows there, and to just be familiar with the “feel” of the area.

One of the themes you write about in The House of Kane has to do with lightning-strike victims. What made you write about that?

Many of my books have an element of the “unexplained.” In this case, there are many people who have been struck by lightning and have recovered but with different personalities, or who are able to do things they hadn’t been able to do before getting struck. I thought it was a fascinating topic, and it just seemed to fit into my story.

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