The Spook who Sat by the Door: A Novel

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Wayne State University Press, 1990 - Fiction - 248 pages
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A classic in the black literary tradition, The Spook Who Sat by the Door is both a comment on the civil rights problems in the United States in the late 60s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy.

Dan Freeman, the "spook who sat by the door," is enlisted in the CIA's elitist espionage program. Upon mastering agency tactics, however, he drops out to train young Chicago blacks as "Freedom Fighters" in this explosive, award-winning novel.

As a story of one man's reaction to ruling-class hypocrisy, the book is autobiographical and personal. As a tale of a man's reaction to oppression, it is universal. A publication in the African American Life series.

 

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User Review  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

An intense, gritty read! I liked the quote from Time on the back of the book, "Blends James Bond parody with wit and rage." That about sums it up! Dan Freeman is one cool cat! Go Cobras!!! Read full review

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

The Spook Who Sat by the Door tells the story of Dan Freeman, an intelligent and 'naturally athletic' man from the ghetto who becomes the first black CIA agent, then resigns and returns home to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
28
Section 4
40
Section 5
49
Section 6
59
Section 7
66
Section 8
77
Section 12
134
Section 13
147
Section 14
162
Section 15
173
Section 16
188
Section 17
200
Section 18
217
Section 19
227

Section 9
89
Section 10
105
Section 11
121
Section 20
236
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About the author (1990)

Sam Greenlee is a highly acclaimed, internationally known poet, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, actor, and teacher. A former U.S. Information Agency Foreign Service officer, he is the author of Baghdad Blues and two collections of poetry.

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