Synopses & Reviews
The now-classic memoir that shocked, outraged, and ultimately changed the way America looked at the civil rights movement and the black experience.
By turns shocking and lyrical, unblinking and raw, the searingly honest memoirs of Eldridge Cleaver are a testament to his unique place in American history. Cleaver writes in Soul on Ice, "I'm perfectly aware that I'm in prison, that I'm a Negro, that I've been a rapist, and that I have a Higher Uneducation." What Cleaver shows us, on the pages of this now classic autobiography, is how much he was a man.
Originally published in 1968, "Soul On Ice" shocked outraged and ultimately challenged the way America saw the civil rights movement and the Black experience. Written while Cleaver, the former Black Panther Minister of Information, was in California's Folsom State Prison this collection of searingly honest autobiographical essays explores the authors own difficult history and larger issues such as the assassination of Malcolm X and the turbulence of the 1960s. Soul On Ice gives intelligent, insightful testimony to the author's political views, venting his frustrations with and anger at American society in the wake of the civil fights movements first wave.