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The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Sam Greenleeintroduction by Natiki Hope Pressley

African American Studies, Bestsellers, Fiction, Race and Ethnicity

Published: June 2022
ISBN: 9780814349571
Pages: 208 Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Published: June 2022
ISBN: 9780814349977
Pages: 208 Size: EPUB

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 1960s 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.

Sam Greenlee (1930-2014) was 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 three collections of poetry.

An important, original, nitty-gritty book.

– Dick Gergory, is an American comedian

Blends James Bond parody with wit and rage.

– Time


– Newsweek

The place names and people took me back home, but the scenes of police violence against protesters brings this book from a relic of the past into the very real present.

– Jeff Waxman, Literary Hub

An important, original, nitty-gritty book.

– Dick Gregory, is an American comedian