Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers

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Book Cover: Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 16.48
ISBN: 9781788730006
Size: 5.80 x 8.50 in
Pages: 256
A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics
Following the Algerian war for independence and the defeat of France in 1962, Algiers became the liberation capital of the Third World. Elaine Mokhtefi, a young American woman immersed in the struggle and working with leaders of the Algerian Revolution, found a home here. A journalist and translator, she lived among guerrillas, revolutionaries, exiles, and visionaries, witnessing historical political formations and present at the filming of The Battle of Algiers.Mokhtefi crossed paths with some of the era’s brightest stars: Frantz Fanon, Stokely Carmichael, Timothy Leary, Ahmed Ben Bella, Jomo Kenyatta, and Eldridge Cleaver. She was instrumental in the establishment of the International Section of the Black Panther Party in Algiers and close at hand as the group became involved in intrigue, murder, and international hijackings. She traveled with the Panthers and organized Cleaver’s clandestine departure for France. Algiers, Third World Capital is an unforgettable story of an era of passion and promise. 

Reviews:Elaine Mokhtefi wrote:

Mokhtefi (née Klein), a Jewish American from Long Island, has had an exhilarating life. In her memoir, she recounts her years as a campaigner for Algerian independence and the Black Panther Party. In the nineteen-sixties, she served as a press adviser to the National Liberation Front in postwar Algiers, before going to work with Eldridge Cleaver, who was wanted in the U.S. for his role in a deadly shoot-out with Oakland police. Half a century later, as an eighty-nine-year-old painter living on the Upper West Side, Mokhtefi still seasons her prose with the argot of revolution (“the murderous aggression of the state”).


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