skip to content
Killing the messenger : a story of radical faith, racism's backlash, and the assassination of a journalist Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Killing the messenger : a story of radical faith, racism's backlash, and the assassination of a journalist

Author: Thomas Peele
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
Summary:
When a nineteen-year-old member of a Black Muslim cult assassinated Oakland newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey in 2007'the most shocking killing of a journalist in the United States in thirty years'the question was, Why' "I just wanted to be a good soldier, a strong soldier," the killer told police. A strong soldier for whom' Killing the Messenger is a searing work of narrative nonfiction that explores one of the most  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Peele
ISBN: 9780307717573 0307717577
OCLC Number: 869504195
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed January 23, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Thomas Peele.

Abstract:

When a nineteen-year-old member of a Black Muslim cult assassinated Oakland newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey in 2007'the most shocking killing of a journalist in the United States in thirty years'the question was, Why' "I just wanted to be a good soldier, a strong soldier," the killer told police. A strong soldier for whom' Killing the Messenger is a searing work of narrative nonfiction that explores one of the most blatant attacks on the First Amendment and free speech in American history and the small Black Muslim cult that carried it out. Award-winning investigative reporter Thomas Peele examines the Black Muslim movement from its founding in the early twentieth century by a con man who claimed to be God, to the height of power of the movement's leading figure, Elijah Muhammad, to how the great-grandson of Texas slaves reinvented himself as a Muslim leader in Oakland and built the violent cult that the young gunman eventually joined. Peele delves into how charlatans exploited poor African Americans with tales from a religion they falsely claimed was Islam and the years of bloodshed that followed, from a human sacrifice in Detroit to police shootings of unarmed Muslims to the horrible backlash of racism known as the "zebra murders," and finally to the brazen killing of Chauncey Bailey to stop him from publishing a newspaper story. Peele establishes direct lines between the violent Black Muslim organization run by Yusuf Bey in Oakland and the evangelicalism of the early prophets and messengers of the Nation of Islam. Exposing the roots of the faith, Peele examines its forerunner, the Moorish Science Temple of America, which in the 1920s and '30s preached to migrants from the South living in Chicago and Detroit ghettos that blacks were the world's master race, tricked into slavery by white devils. In spite of the fantastical claims and hatred at its core, the Nation of Islam was able to build a following by appealing to the lack of identity common in slave descendants. In Oakland, Yusuf Bey built a cult through a business called Your Black Muslim Bakery, beating and raping dozens of women he claimed were his wives and fathering more than forty children. Yet, Bey remained a prominent fixture in the community, and police looked the other way as his violent soldiers ruled the streets. An enthralling narrative that combines a rich historical account with gritty urban reporting, Killing the Messenger is a mesmerizing story of how swindlers and con men abused the tragedy of racism and created a radical religion of bloodshed and fear that culminated in a journalist's murder. THOMAS PEELE is a digital investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group and the Chauncey Bailey Project. He is also a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. His many honors include the Investigative Reporters and Editors Tom Renner Award for his reporting on organized crime, and the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. He lives in Northern California.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.

Similar Items

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/869504195> # Killing the messenger : a story of radical faith, racism's backlash, and the assassination of a journalist
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book, schema:MediaObject ;
    library:oclcnum "869504195" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> ; # New York
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/364.1523092/> ;
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/958235> ; # History
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076215895#Topic/history_united_states_21st_century> ; # HISTORY--United States--21st Century
    schema:bookEdition "Unabridged." ;
    schema:bookFormat schema:EBook ;
    schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/73297985> ; # Thomas Peele
    schema:datePublished "2013" ;
    schema:description "When a nineteen-year-old member of a Black Muslim cult assassinated Oakland newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey in 2007'the most shocking killing of a journalist in the United States in thirty years'the question was, Why' "I just wanted to be a good soldier, a strong soldier," the killer told police. A strong soldier for whom' Killing the Messenger is a searing work of narrative nonfiction that explores one of the most blatant attacks on the First Amendment and free speech in American history and the small Black Muslim cult that carried it out. Award-winning investigative reporter Thomas Peele examines the Black Muslim movement from its founding in the early twentieth century by a con man who claimed to be God, to the height of power of the movement's leading figure, Elijah Muhammad, to how the great-grandson of Texas slaves reinvented himself as a Muslim leader in Oakland and built the violent cult that the young gunman eventually joined. Peele delves into how charlatans exploited poor African Americans with tales from a religion they falsely claimed was Islam and the years of bloodshed that followed, from a human sacrifice in Detroit to police shootings of unarmed Muslims to the horrible backlash of racism known as the "zebra murders," and finally to the brazen killing of Chauncey Bailey to stop him from publishing a newspaper story. Peele establishes direct lines between the violent Black Muslim organization run by Yusuf Bey in Oakland and the evangelicalism of the early prophets and messengers of the Nation of Islam. Exposing the roots of the faith, Peele examines its forerunner, the Moorish Science Temple of America, which in the 1920s and '30s preached to migrants from the South living in Chicago and Detroit ghettos that blacks were the world's master race, tricked into slavery by white devils. In spite of the fantastical claims and hatred at its core, the Nation of Islam was able to build a following by appealing to the lack of identity common in slave descendants. In Oakland, Yusuf Bey built a cult through a business called Your Black Muslim Bakery, beating and raping dozens of women he claimed were his wives and fathering more than forty children. Yet, Bey remained a prominent fixture in the community, and police looked the other way as his violent soldiers ruled the streets. An enthralling narrative that combines a rich historical account with gritty urban reporting, Killing the Messenger is a mesmerizing story of how swindlers and con men abused the tragedy of racism and created a radical religion of bloodshed and fear that culminated in a journalist's murder. THOMAS PEELE is a digital investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group and the Chauncey Bailey Project. He is also a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. His many honors include the Investigative Reporters and Editors Tom Renner Award for his reporting on organized crime, and the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. He lives in Northern California."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/1076215895> ;
    schema:genre "Electronic books"@en ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:name "Killing the messenger : a story of radical faith, racism's backlash, and the assassination of a journalist"@en ;
    schema:productID "869504195" ;
    schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/869504195#PublicationEvent/new_york_crown_2013> ;
    schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076215895#Agent/crown> ; # Crown
    schema:url <http://rbdigital.oneclickdigital.com> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780307717573> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/869504195> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> # New York
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "New York" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076215895#Topic/history_united_states_21st_century> # HISTORY--United States--21st Century
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "HISTORY--United States--21st Century"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/958235> # History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "History"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/73297985> # Thomas Peele
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:familyName "Peele" ;
    schema:givenName "Thomas" ;
    schema:name "Thomas Peele" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780307717573>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0307717577" ;
    schema:isbn "9780307717573" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/869504195>
    a genont:InformationResource, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource ;
    schema:about <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/869504195> ; # Killing the messenger : a story of radical faith, racism's backlash, and the assassination of a journalist
    schema:dateModified "2019-02-08" ;
    void:inDataset <http://purl.oclc.org/dataset/WorldCat> ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.