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The Algiers Motel Incident


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From the author of "Hiroshima"-the shameful story of racial murder in 1967 Detroit.

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John Hersey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his first novel, A Bell for Adano. He is the author of Hiroshima and many novels, including The Wall, The Child Buyer, Under the Eye of the Storm, and Blues. He died in 1993. Thomas Sugrue is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis.


Hersey's extremely careful and cogent account of the Algiers Motel incident does not suggest that [the law enforcement officers involved] conspired to do anything... It suggests strongly the contrary: that they were doing what came naturally to them, and doing it with gusto. -- Edgar Z. Friedenberg * New York Review of Books *
This is a brilliant book, a tour de force. * American Sociological Review *
Hersey's book is based on months of personal investigation and contains evidence never before made public. He ransacked every available piece of documentation. Thus armed, he tried to work out a tentative scenario of events and, more important, used his data to build up what may be the truest picture yet of the white policeman's role in the ghettos... His collage of interviews, fact, and intuition... jells into a forceful dossier against racism in the U.S. system of justice. -- R.A. Sokolov * Newsweek *
[The Algiers Motel Incident] demonstrates [Hersey's] astonishing talent for eliciting oral history and forensically reconstructing the experiences of people who have endured a major disaster. -- Nicholas Lemann * The New Yorker *

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