Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 358 pages
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In 1967, the black boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and a young acquaintance, John Artis, were wrongly convicted of triple murder by an all-white jury in Paterson, New Jersey. Over the next decade, Carter gradually amassed convincing evidence of his innocence and the vocal support of celebrities from Bob Dylan to Muhammad Ali. He was freed in 1976 pending a new trial, but he lost his appeal -- to the amazement of many -- and landed back in prison.
Carter, bereft, shunned almost all human contact until he received a letter from Lesra Martin, a teenager raised in a Brooklyn ghetto. Against his bitter instincts, Carter agreed to meet with Martin, thus taking the first step on a tortuous path back to the world. Martin introduced him to an enigmatic group of Canadians who helped wage a successful battle to free him. As Carter orchestrated this effort from his cell, he also embarked on a singular intellectual journey, which led ultimately to a freedom more profound than any that could be granted by a legal authority.

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In 1967, middleweight boxing contender Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was sentenced to three life sentences for murdering three white adults in a Paterson, NJ, bar. Both books demonstrate convincingly that ... Read full review

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Athletes all over the world can truly connect to Rubin Carter’s story. All of us athletes have a certain sport(s) that we excel and love. We all know how hard it is to bust our butts and give 100% so that we can become the best we can possibly be. Imagine that you trained for years to be the best, and then something happens that ends your chances of possibly playing the sport for the rest of your life. That is exactly what happens to Rubin Carter in this book. I recommend this book to high school students or older because there are many parts in which cruel language and swearing are involved. This book really touched me because if you think you've faced challenges in life before, you should meet Rubin Carter. Rubin goes through many different hardships in which I believe only the strongest of the strong would survive, both mentally and physically. Rubin’s life story is inspiring, and although some parts may be uninteresting or slow, it is still a definite page-turner. After reading this book, you will understand the true meaning of perseverance, dedication, and heart.  

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Death House Rendezvous
Wild West on the Passaic
Danger on the Streets
Mystery Witness
Force of Nature
Boxer Rebellion
Radical Chic Redux
Revenge of Passaic County
Powerful Appeals
Final Judgment
The Eagle Rises
Tears of Renewal

Search for the Miraculous
The Inner Circle of Humanity
Paradise Found

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About the author (2000)

James S. Hirsch, a former reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is the author of Cheating Destiny, the bestseller Hurricane: The Miracle Journey of Rubin Carter, Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race War and Its Legacy, and Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam. He is also a principal of Close Concerns, a consultancy and publishing company that specializes in diabetes. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett.

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