Soul on Ice

Soul on Ice

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, The now-classic memoir that shocked, outraged, and ultimately changed the way America looked at the civil rights move...

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Title:Soul on Ice
Author:Eldridge Cleaver
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Soul On Ice
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:242 pages pages

Soul on Ice Reviews

  • AJ Griffin
    Jul 03, 2007

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

  • Bonnie
    Dec 23, 2015

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

    Extraordinarily well-written in terms of hanging philosophical exposition on autobiography. If you had to say everything you wanted to say about what your life means in the context of the entire universe, can you say it in a way that a person would read, and could read and could unders...

    It's a mixed bag -- like Cleaver's life, like anyone's life, like America's history, like any history. These essays are polemical and personal. Some struck me hard and resonated, like "The White Race and Its Heroes" and some struck me as funny and overdone or half-baked, like "The Prim...

    See America?s earliest leaders instead as the architects of ?systems of human exploitation and slavery?. Note the strong resemblance of 1896?s Plessy vs Ferguson to the Open Door Policy in China. Eldridge felt the Black Muslim Movement was killed off by Elijah Muhammad?s jeal...

    I first heard about this book twenty years ago, in 1999, and in a sense it took me twenty years to read it. I knew it was about racism in America, and that Eldridge Cleaver wrote it while he was in prison. But apart from that I had only heard that it was "heavy". About a year ago I vis...

    I'm not going to rate this book because I did not finish it, technically. I've read all that I am willing to read. I just could not go an further with this memoir because I found it quite unsettling. The part of the memoir I read, about 60 pages worth, was very well-written. However, I...

    Very difficult for me to read. To be honest I was put off by the fact that this man was an admitted, convicted rapist. As I started to read about his theories on civil rights, I was struck by how much things have not really changed. But then I was put off by the very clear sexism and h...

  • Jacob
    Aug 15, 2007

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

  • Alan
    Jul 07, 2008

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

  • John
    Feb 05, 2018

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

  • Judi
    Apr 13, 2011

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

  • Gail
    Aug 09, 2008

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

  • Charles
    Aug 23, 2014

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

    Extraordinarily well-written in terms of hanging philosophical exposition on autobiography. If you had to say everything you wanted to say about what your life means in the context of the entire universe, can you say it in a way that a person would read, and could read and could unders...

    It's a mixed bag -- like Cleaver's life, like anyone's life, like America's history, like any history. These essays are polemical and personal. Some struck me hard and resonated, like "The White Race and Its Heroes" and some struck me as funny and overdone or half-baked, like "The Prim...

  • loafingcactus
    Jan 29, 2015

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

    Extraordinarily well-written in terms of hanging philosophical exposition on autobiography. If you had to say everything you wanted to say about what your life means in the context of the entire universe, can you say it in a way that a person would read, and could read and could unders...

  • Michael Strode
    Mar 23, 2011

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

  • Aaron
    Apr 21, 2019

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

    Extraordinarily well-written in terms of hanging philosophical exposition on autobiography. If you had to say everything you wanted to say about what your life means in the context of the entire universe, can you say it in a way that a person would read, and could read and could unders...

    It's a mixed bag -- like Cleaver's life, like anyone's life, like America's history, like any history. These essays are polemical and personal. Some struck me hard and resonated, like "The White Race and Its Heroes" and some struck me as funny and overdone or half-baked, like "The Prim...

    See America?s earliest leaders instead as the architects of ?systems of human exploitation and slavery?. Note the strong resemblance of 1896?s Plessy vs Ferguson to the Open Door Policy in China. Eldridge felt the Black Muslim Movement was killed off by Elijah Muhammad?s jeal...

    I first heard about this book twenty years ago, in 1999, and in a sense it took me twenty years to read it. I knew it was about racism in America, and that Eldridge Cleaver wrote it while he was in prison. But apart from that I had only heard that it was "heavy". About a year ago I vis...

  • Ryan
    Jul 11, 2009

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

  • RYCJ
    Apr 28, 2010

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

  • Rowena
    Mar 31, 2012

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

  • Shanae
    Apr 24, 2010

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

    Extraordinarily well-written in terms of hanging philosophical exposition on autobiography. If you had to say everything you wanted to say about what your life means in the context of the entire universe, can you say it in a way that a person would read, and could read and could unders...

    It's a mixed bag -- like Cleaver's life, like anyone's life, like America's history, like any history. These essays are polemical and personal. Some struck me hard and resonated, like "The White Race and Its Heroes" and some struck me as funny and overdone or half-baked, like "The Prim...

    See America?s earliest leaders instead as the architects of ?systems of human exploitation and slavery?. Note the strong resemblance of 1896?s Plessy vs Ferguson to the Open Door Policy in China. Eldridge felt the Black Muslim Movement was killed off by Elijah Muhammad?s jeal...

    I first heard about this book twenty years ago, in 1999, and in a sense it took me twenty years to read it. I knew it was about racism in America, and that Eldridge Cleaver wrote it while he was in prison. But apart from that I had only heard that it was "heavy". About a year ago I vis...

    I'm not going to rate this book because I did not finish it, technically. I've read all that I am willing to read. I just could not go an further with this memoir because I found it quite unsettling. The part of the memoir I read, about 60 pages worth, was very well-written. However, I...

  • Miles Winston
    Apr 28, 2011

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Jan 20, 2014

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

  • Jonathan Maas
    Apr 01, 2016

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

  • Debbie
    Jan 17, 2017

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

  • Jan Rice
    Feb 14, 2013

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

  • Byron
    Jul 04, 2013

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

  • Randall Wallace
    May 30, 2015

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

    Extraordinarily well-written in terms of hanging philosophical exposition on autobiography. If you had to say everything you wanted to say about what your life means in the context of the entire universe, can you say it in a way that a person would read, and could read and could unders...

    It's a mixed bag -- like Cleaver's life, like anyone's life, like America's history, like any history. These essays are polemical and personal. Some struck me hard and resonated, like "The White Race and Its Heroes" and some struck me as funny and overdone or half-baked, like "The Prim...

    See America?s earliest leaders instead as the architects of ?systems of human exploitation and slavery?. Note the strong resemblance of 1896?s Plessy vs Ferguson to the Open Door Policy in China. Eldridge felt the Black Muslim Movement was killed off by Elijah Muhammad?s jeal...

  • Czarny Pies
    Jan 05, 2016

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

  • Mykie
    Jun 14, 2014

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

  • Charles
    Apr 06, 2019

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

  • Andrew Duret
    Nov 11, 2018

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

  • Margaret Sanders
    Aug 03, 2016

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

    This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, urging them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Written in the early 60s in Folsom Prison, Cleaver makes a m...

    I'm done. When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. Rereading it now I hoped to gain a perspective of the time it was written. Now it reads like the diatribe of an obsessed, bitter hater. I can certainly understand the v...

    Soul on Ice had me gripped to the edge of my seat. I was in awe of his writing, initially near to torn apart reading this man scraping the bottom of his soul saying ?here?s who I am, what I think, how I think, and more importantly, how I came to think.? The next thing I know, I?...

    Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60's as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. He was possessed of a rich, raw eloquence ...

    I first read SOUL ON ICE over twenty five years ago. At the that point in my life, I understood very little of what Cleaver was really saying. The blistering anger came through, but, even a non-reader of SOUL ON ICE knows about that anger. And it was Cleaver's brilliant provocation...

    this book is a treasure ...

    Extraordinarily well-written in terms of hanging philosophical exposition on autobiography. If you had to say everything you wanted to say about what your life means in the context of the entire universe, can you say it in a way that a person would read, and could read and could unders...

    It's a mixed bag -- like Cleaver's life, like anyone's life, like America's history, like any history. These essays are polemical and personal. Some struck me hard and resonated, like "The White Race and Its Heroes" and some struck me as funny and overdone or half-baked, like "The Prim...

    See America?s earliest leaders instead as the architects of ?systems of human exploitation and slavery?. Note the strong resemblance of 1896?s Plessy vs Ferguson to the Open Door Policy in China. Eldridge felt the Black Muslim Movement was killed off by Elijah Muhammad?s jeal...

    I first heard about this book twenty years ago, in 1999, and in a sense it took me twenty years to read it. I knew it was about racism in America, and that Eldridge Cleaver wrote it while he was in prison. But apart from that I had only heard that it was "heavy". About a year ago I vis...

    I'm not going to rate this book because I did not finish it, technically. I've read all that I am willing to read. I just could not go an further with this memoir because I found it quite unsettling. The part of the memoir I read, about 60 pages worth, was very well-written. However, I...

    Very difficult for me to read. To be honest I was put off by the fact that this man was an admitted, convicted rapist. As I started to read about his theories on civil rights, I was struck by how much things have not really changed. But then I was put off by the very clear sexism and h...

    You won't find King's dream here. Eldridge presents the reality of race relations at the start of segregation and the crushing view from the end of the tunnel. Beautifully written of a very ugly truth. It will not be pleasant to read. I don't believe it's supposed to be. It will give i...

  • George Huxley
    Jun 10, 2016

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

    Incredible. Though some of the specifics of Eldridge Cleaver's ideology are a bit dated, his overall intellect shines through in this tome that shares uncomfortable truths about not only Western society, but modern society in general. The best part of this is the story of Cleaver hi...

    This book was really good. I loved it. At first, I didn?t know what to expect as I?m not accustomed to reading books where the book is a collection of essays or such. The last book I read like that was by James Baldwin. It was very refreshing, yet again initially I didn?t know...

    I should feel guiltier about not liking this book, I suppose, but I don't think that would be fair. A large portion of the book's latter subject matter consists of an idea that a partition between the world of the white man and the world of the black man can be adequately represente...

    I picked this up this summer from one of those carts of old middle school library books that they give away for free to bummy senior citizens and single mothers. My Kindle was busted (planned obsolescence, I'm sure), and it took me a while to save up the $60 for a new one. That's where...

    Now I can say I've read it... To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I started listening to this audiobook. I knew Eldridge Cleaver was a Black Panther. But I didn't know if this was an autobiography or memoir or a book he wrote about the Black Power struggle of ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Mr. Cleaver talks on politics, race relations, love, life, and his own experiences. Somehow, rather fantastically, also unacceptably in a way, this book has so much relevance in todays world. Mr. Cleaver speaks eloquently on the militarized police forces fighting ...

  • Lark Benobi
    Oct 31, 2015

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...

    I really should give this revolting book this book five stars, instead of one, in recognition of the fact that it demonstrated what idiocy I am capable of. I belong in other words to the generation that read this book, recommended it highly to everyone for two years and spent the next ...

    I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance. There is a lot of whining, derision, mockery, and whatever going on here, and it simply does...

    I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person. But in all fairness, I have to say the book was great. However, Eldridge Cleaver was a highly confused, highly disturbed, extremely awkward ...

    I looked for this book yesterday, and I found it where I remembered it as having been. That in itself is a small miracle. Usually a decision to look for a book is the kiss of death as far as finding it. Typically I will then find the book six months or a couple of years later when look...

    Step Two in my attempts to not be a racial invalid. This book, which if I remember correctly was mostly written in prison from a rape conviction, does not do much to promote the "we're really all the same" attitude; in my naivety, I was probably surprised to hear this coming from a bla...

    I've never liked Eldridge Cleaver. There's a fascinating anecdote in the Wikipedia article about Cleaver: It claims that he applied for a technical writer position at Apple Computer in 1980; his resume listed a single publication, this book. Apple's documentation staff had read the ...

    As I read I felt in the presence of a man without doubt of any kind. I read it with a sense of loss, however: an awareness of lost momentum, lost years, lost confidence that something radically better was about to happen for African Americans, something I believe Cleaver thought when h...

  • Cwn_annwn_13
    Dec 13, 2008

    This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. I now know more about Eldridge Cleaver through his collection of short essays, covering diverse topics such as Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, the s...

    Eldridge Cleaver, aside from being Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, was one of the world's true fucking freaks. A serial rapist and homophobe--"homosexuality is a disease, like baby rape or the deisire to be president of General Motors"--he also happens to be freakishly ...

    Let me begin by saying that when I read this book, I was very young. A lot of what I learned with this reading, was admittedly violent and based in misogyny. But everything I learned here was so different from anything my parents, church, and school taught that it sent me looking into ...

    This is absolutely one of the the most overrated books of all time. Soul on Ice is a collection of outdated essays, along with a few love letters to his attorney written while Cleaver was serving time for being a serial rapist. Cleaver shows a poor understanding of the political workin...