"The result is less a study of the Black Panthers' philosophy, methods, and enduring influence than a cautionary tale about the hazards and misuse of sudden power. (b&w photos, index, not seen, notes, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Comparing the brief career of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense to a ``burst of radiation, searing American race relations,'' Haskins (see review above) shows how that tough stance—which struck a chord in African-Americans radicalized by the violent white response to the Civil Rights Movement—later collapsed under the weight of drugs, ego, and internecine conflicts.
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