The Algiers Motel Incident

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JHU Press, 1998 - History - 397 pages

In 1967 three black men were killed and nine other people brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it in The Algiers Motel Incident, an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan State Troopers, National Guardsmen, and private guards who had been directed to the scene." Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten.

 

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This is a piece of investigative journalism. Mr. Hersey has told the story of a police riot, which was a subset of the Detroit riots of 1967. It is a very illuminating study of the genesis of the ... Read full review

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John Hersey's factual style of writing can really capture the sensibility of a specific time. This story is a tragedy for everyone that was touched by it. It is a very powerfully emotional work. This writer was a young teenager living in a Detroit suburb at the time. It felt really close to home. Read full review

Contents

Confession July
31
July 2631
38
July 31
207
The Algiers Motel Incident July 256
217
The Snipers
219
A Game of Chess 22l
229
Man Theyre Going to Shoot
231
How to Attack a Building
235
Do You Hate the Police? 7
7
July 235
63
The Fork in the Road
167
The Snipers
219
A Game of Chess 227
227
Man Theyre Going to Shoot 231
231
How to Attack a Building
235
Everybody Downstairs 231
237

Everybody Downstairs
237
Phone Calls
242
State Police
244
Conduct Becoming an Officer
251
Up and Down the Line
253
Just in Time to Pray
257
Enter Warrant Officer Thomas
259
Interrogations
264
The Knife Game
269
Skin Show
271
The Death Game
273
The Death Game Played Out 2jj 29 Out
277
Aftermath July 31 and after
285
A Matter for Investigation
287
First Man in Court
302
Logical to Be Nervous
304
Senaks Peninsula
307
These Are Not Little Boys
309
The Law Was Made by People
318
Law and Order for All?
322
Under Indictment
327
A Mother Speaks
328
The Net Is Thrown Again
336
The Myth
338
Fuel for the Fire Next Time
344
Harassment?
353
The Paille Appeal
359
A Numbness
361
Conspiracy?
363
Padlocking
368
A Cutting
373
A Winter of Waiting
379
Three Men at Work
381
The Legal Maze
386
Last Words
392
What Is Wrong With the Country?
395
The Algiers Motel Incident
xv
Phone Calls 242
242
State Police 244
244
Conduct Becoming an Officer 251
251
Up and Down the Line 253
253
Just in Time to Pray 257
257
Enter Warrant Officer Thomas 259
259
Interrogations 264
264
The Knife Game 269
269
Skin Show 2j1
271
The Death Game 273
273
The Death Game Played Out 277
277
Out 281
281
Aftermath July 31 and after
285
A Matter for Investigation 287
287
First Man in Court 302
302
Logical to Be Nervous 304
304
Senaks Peninsula
307
These Are Not Little Boys 309
309
The Law Was Made by People
318
Law and Order for All? 322
322
Under Indictment 327
327
A Mother Speaks 328
328
The Net Is Thrown Again
336
The Myth 338
338
Fuel for the Fire Next Time 344
344
Harassment? 353
353
The Paille Appeal 359
359
A Numbness 361
361
Conspiracy? 33
363
Padlocking
369
A Cutting 313
373
A Winter of Waiting 379
379
Three Men at Work 381
381
The Legal Maze 386
386
Last Words 392
392
What Is Wrong With the Country?
395
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John Hersey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his first novel, A Bell for Adano. He is the author of Hiroshima and many novels, including The Wall, The Child Buyer, Under the Eye of the Storm, and Blues. He died in 1993. Thomas Sugrue is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis.

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