The Spook Who Sat by the Door
by Sam Greenlee
- Voted #59 of the Top 100 Books of the 20th Century
- 2 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Selected for 2 Book Clubs’s Reading Lists
- A QBR 100 Essential Black Book
Publication Date: May 01, 1989
List Price: $21.99
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Imprint: Wayne State University Press
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Parent Company: Wayne State University
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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.