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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Former reporter Hirsch spins a riveting, straight-ahead account of one of the great miscarriages of justice in the history of American criminal law, and the fight to overturn it. Rubin "Hurricane ... Read full review

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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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Contents

Death House Rendezvous
1
Wild West on the Passaic
8
Danger on the Streets
19
Mystery Witness
39
Force of Nature
60
Boxer Rebellion
87
Radical Chic Redux
108
Revenge of Passaic County
134
Powerful Appeals
218
Final Judgment
246
The Eagle Rises
266
Vindication
285
Tears of Renewal
312
Epilogue
334
Sources
341
Acknowledgments
343

Search for the Miraculous
159
The Inner Circle of Humanity
181
Paradise Found
194

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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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