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"[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. "

"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."

"This is a brilliant book, a tour de force."

"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."

"Inviting and justifying comparisons with Hiroshima, this is Hersey's cauterizing exemplification of the 'most intransigent and fear ridden issue in American life' via the Algiers Motel incident, the wanton murders of three alleged 'snipers' and attendant sexual abuses by the police, during the Detroit riot. Many issues and many people are involved here and with as relentless a glare as the dome light on a police car, Hersey zeroes in on them. There are many 'hurting feeling[s]' here which involve the reader, just as it has Hersey, and certainly there will be many who will be reached who might not be otherwise. The 'incident' however has been handled in such a fashion that it provides all the sociodynamics of the racial thunderhead—an intense, intensive documentary."

The Algiers Motel Incident
Publication Date: 10 Sep 2019
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 432 pages
Illustrations: 1 b&w illus
ISBN: 9781421432977