The Algiers Motel Incident (Paperback)

The Algiers Motel Incident By John Hersey, Danielle L. McGuire (Foreword by) Cover Image

The Algiers Motel Incident (Paperback)


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From the bestselling author of Hiroshima, a searing account of police brutality, white racism, and black rage in 1960s Detroit.

On the evening of July 25, 1967, on the third night of the 12th Street Riot, Detroit police raided the Algiers Motel. Acting on a report of gunfire, officers rounded up the occupants of the motel's annex--several black men and two white women--and proceeded to beat them and repeatedly threaten to kill them. By the end of the night, three of the men were dead. Three police officers and a private security guard were tried for their deaths; none were convicted.

In The Algiers Motel Incident, first published in 1968, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey strings together interviews, police reports, court testimony, and news stories to recount the terrible events of that night. The result is chaotic and sometimes confusing; facts remain elusive. But, Hersey concludes, the truth is clear: three young black men were murdered "for being, all in all, black young men and part of the black rage of the time."

With a new foreword by award-winning author Danielle L. McGuire, The Algiers Motel Incident is a powerful indictment of racism and the US justice system.

John Hersey (1914-1993), the author of the bestselling Hiroshima, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his first novel, A Bell for Adano. His numerous other works of nonfiction and fiction include The Wall, Blues, and The Child Buyer. Historian Danielle L. McGuire is an independent scholar and the author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.
Product Details ISBN: 9781421432977
ISBN-10: 1421432978
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 432
Language: English