The Algiers Motel Incident

The Algiers Motel Incident

by JohnHersey (Author), ThomasJ.Sugrue (Introduction)


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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 418
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 19 Nov 1997

ISBN 10: 0801857775
ISBN 13: 9780801857775
Book Overview: From the author of Hiroshima -the shameful story of racial murder in 1967 Detroit.

Media Reviews
Hersey's extremely careful and cogent account of the Algiers Motel incident does not suggest that [the law enforcement officers involved] conspired to do anything... It suggests strongly the contrary: that they were doing what came naturally to them, and doing it with gusto. -- Edgar Z. Friedenberg * New York Review of Books *
This is a brilliant book, a tour de force.. * American Sociological Review *
Hersey's book is based on months of personal investigation and contains evidence never before made public. He ransacked every available piece of documentation. Thus armed, he tried to work out a tentative scenario of events and, more important, used his data to build up what may be the truest picture yet of the white policeman's role in the ghettos... His collage of interviews, fact, and intuition... jells into a forceful dossier against racism in the U.S. system of justice. -- R.A. Sokolov * Newsweek *
Author Bio
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.