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Assata Sakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave entails the stories swarming around the woman, Assata Olugbala Shakur. In May of 1973 she was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike. She was accused of killing Werner Foerster, a New Jersey State Trooper and assaulting Trooper James Harper. The result: she was indicted for 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 FBIs 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.
The Gospel According to Prissy is a fascinating story populated with memorable characters. We have three Army veteran misfits, a college dropout, and unmotivated high school graduate accused of murder, a controversial warden of a women’s prison, a little girl with the gift of prophesy. Lara Kruger, 31, invites them into her life after suffering a miscarriage, a divorce from an abusive husband, and unemployment. It is a powerful tale told by a talented writer.