[Ebook] The Spook Who Sat by the Door By Sam Greenlee – Stg2bio.co

This book was exceptional because of the underlying humanity detailed by the main character, Freeman The author paints a very real dividing line between the desire to be accepted in the social norms of America and the desire to embrace one s own cultural and racial background This particular story is about an African American man that seeks to get into the system and learn America s political and military points of view in order to turn that against the status quo This story plays on the fear This book was exceptional because of the underlying humanity detailed by the main character, Freeman The author paints a very real dividing line between the desire to be accepted in the social norms of America and the desire to embrace one s own cultural and racial background This particular story is about an African American man that seeks to get into the system and learn America s political and military points of view in order to turn that against the status quo This story plays on the fears of upper class america and the idea that the urban and inner cities will rise up against economic limitations to rebel against the government This is relevant even today as we face the fear of a declining middle class The middle class glues society together and creates the stability needed to keep the system going Regardless of race this book reminds us all what society is like when it is harshly divided by the haves and the have nots It is also a reminder of the mask we all wear as we become the employee or the guy at the club or even the college student These lines of social conduct that can t cross over because of the way it makes our peers uncomfortable The only reason this book was not 5 stars was the fact that at times there was glaring spelling errors and the grammar was difficult to overlook Granted this was a dated book first published in 1969 the revolution will not be televised. This Book Is Both A Satire Of The Civil Rights Problems In The United States In The Late S And A Serious Attempt To Focus On The Issue Of Black Militancy The Spook Who Sat By The Door was made at a time when the author, Sam Greenlee returned to the US after serving in the army and discovering the inner city rioting in his hometown of Chicago After all the death and blood shed, what is there to do next Greenlee s book was an aggressive way to respond to oppression Not saying that this is what he truly wanted to happen but he was able to tell a story that portrayed a form of courage and a film was produced that is almost identical to the book The Spook Who Sat By The Door was made at a time when the author, Sam Greenlee returned to the US after serving in the army and discovering the inner city rioting in his hometown of Chicago After all the death and blood shed, what is there to do next Greenlee s book was an aggressive way to respond to oppression Not saying that this is what he truly wanted to happen but he was able to tell a story that portrayed a form of courage and a film was produced that is almost identical to the book perhaps you re right I guess it s not brains we re looking for in him anyway Greenlee tells the story of the first Black CIA Operative who isthan meets the eye Dan Freeman is a man of patience who slowly plants seeds, learns under white men, and takes what he s learned and passes it along to one of the toughest street gangs in chicago, The Cobras Pull yourself up by the bootstraps like the immigrants These demonstrations and sit ins stir up needless emotion Your people must demonstrate a respect for law and order, earn the respect and affection of whites Dan Freeman trains the Cobras to become the Freedom Fighters and who they are is completely unknown They have the everyone fooled and slowly start to plan for a war They wait for the right time and happens when a riot is produced after a cop kills an innocent Black teenager Freeman slowly builds an army that spreads to nurses, cops, different cities through the USA and ends with Freeman ordering Condition Red An order that activates guerilla attack team in 12 cities through the US At first, I thought Spook was going to be a broad satire of racism in America in the 60 s, using caricatures as characters But then I realized it s only a broad satire for its enemies the white liberal do gooders, bourgeoisie black fakers and political hacks who remain cartoons throughout The rest is far fetched blue prints for Armageddon.The protagonist is a familiar character the cold, calculating, superiority driven mastermind who s an expert in martial arts, full of sexual virility, an At first, I thought Spook was going to be a broad satire of racism in America in the 60 s, using caricatures as characters But then I realized it s only a broad satire for its enemies the white liberal do gooders, bourgeoisie black fakers and political hacks who remain cartoons throughout The rest is far fetched blue prints for Armageddon.The protagonist is a familiar character the cold, calculating, superiority driven mastermind who s an expert in martial arts, full of sexual virility, and a loner but a leader when push comes to shove in today s parlance, a one man sleeper cell He reminded me immediately of Ferric Jagger of Norman Spinrad s the Iron Dream, and I could easily imagine an alternate dimension blurb for this book Let science fiction virtuoso Malcolm X transport you to a far future Earth, where only Dan Freeman stands between the remnants of true black humanity and annihilation at the hands of the totally evil Whiteys and the mindless hordes they completely control In the final analysis, and as action and violence escalated, Spook became indistinguishable from a million right wing survivalist pulps I ve read over the years.Yet Spook is better than most of those it can be well written wall to wall drags with split level minds, control color TV souls and credit card hearts, another black baby with no future in the land of milk and honey, replete with goodies in white plastic cases for god s own children with white plastic faces, even though style is used only as a means of propaganda, never to be style itself The book is likewise for the most part humorless, and casually sexist But the first half, before it becomes survivalist porn, seems deeply indebted to Invisible Man, and the protagonist, as he goes about his Machiavellian business, refers to the many masks he must wear to conceal his true identity and motives in ofay s world There is a self conscious at work in him often lacking in revenge fantasy novels, as he seems at times to see what he s doing as bad, but seeing it as the only way, the Final Solution He s an ends justify the means, egg omelet sort of guy, which I ve never been, believingin individual responsibility than groupthink, so everything he tries to accomplish by the way he tries to accomplish it basically disgusts me Rant on I never can understand why one oppressed people oppressing another group of people sounds like a smart move, or why scapegoating an entire group of people for evil done isn t seen as blatantly idiotic I could tell Freeman my grandparents were potato pickers in Ireland and besides what did I ever do to you but he would answer, you were born, honky, and I would say well fuck you then, asshole, and then we d kill each other and that would be the end of that only in Freeman s world I wouldn t be able to kill him because I m white I guess the point of race riots as used in Spook is to show righteous fury, and for those ignored to be ignored noBut it still seems like an impotent and futile gesture, like a man punching himself in the nuts, and it effects people who live with you who want nothing have nothing to do with it And when you escalate into a full on war and use Us vs Them tactics you force people to pick sides they don t want and shouldn t have to pick in the first place Any time you judge someone for how YOU think they should live THEIR lives, and then create a one dimensional boogieman out of them, in fact any time you treat a person as a group or type and not as a person is a bad scene as far as I m concerned, and it s one of the main reasons I hate politics, black, white, left or right Rant off But also in general I just can t stand satires or novels in general where the antagonist is shown no respect Whitey here is shown no respect, and neither are his Uncle Tom minions, or the liberal honkeys that try to integrate niggers, but only so far somewhere along the way integration became affirmative action You d think a race as stupid, lazy and arrogant as the whites described here wouldn t be able shit straight, let alone enslave anyone for 300 years.Another major problem I had with the novel concerns its major plot point I know as much about black gangs in the 60 s as I do about living in ghettos, but if the movie The Warriors taught me anything it s the tallest nail gets the hammer I can t believe for a minute a stranger could walk in and take a gang over without some resistance, or that there wouldn t be members in the gang willing to snitch on his plans for some cash Also, where s the other race gangs during the race riots mass murdering Where s the Mob I don t think the notoriously racist Mob would let a small time black gang ruin their business anythan I think the USA government would let them ruin theirs Once again, this novel seems to grossly underestimate the oppressing powers of the Man.But all that being said, Spook had the perfect alchemy of action and self righteous anger to make it extremely readable And Len Deighton is right on the back when he says, Will cause many readers great annoyance and whatcan a writer ask than that It s annoying doesn t sound like the greatest praise you can give a book, but as you can see by how worked up I ve gotten, it works for the Spook Who Sat by the Door This book is not a book that I would reach for on my own At the pressing of a friend who was eager to get my take on the book, I moved it to the top of my list and finished it This is the story of an African American male who on the surface to whites, would be viewed as incompetent, a threat, and dangerous but at the same time, good enough to serve their purpose To blacks, he is part of the elite, educated and status driven class that try to behave like whites and forget where they come f This book is not a book that I would reach for on my own At the pressing of a friend who was eager to get my take on the book, I moved it to the top of my list and finished it This is the story of an African American male who on the surface to whites, would be viewed as incompetent, a threat, and dangerous but at the same time, good enough to serve their purpose To blacks, he is part of the elite, educated and status driven class that try to behave like whites and forget where they come from Freeman knows his history, and knows the culture that he is a part of, and the system that wants to delegate him to an area and keep him there But, Freeman has something to prove He will use his knowledge and resources to promote how smart blacks are and train young men to facilitate the process, even if it means life or death.Freeman is very observant and calculated in his timing and movements and it is all to prove one point that you can never underestimate the blacks I have to leave my description basic because I don t want to give this little book away It never stalled or dragged onit kept me engaged Though I predicated a particular ending, Greenlee gave me something biggersomething worth thinking about I gave this book four stars because I purchased and read the Kindle version which had many typos and missing portions This made it difficult to read Other than that, I was impressed with the way Greenlee wrote the book and the manner in which it progressed Often times, you see growth in your main characters, in this case, there was growth for related characters and the characters that had leadership positions were stripped Greenlee is not very descriptive, but the dialogue in the scenes paint pictures There is some violence in this book and I did wonder why he chose this approach to make a point, but I will leave that to the reader I would recommend this book for anyone s to read list This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was a very interesting book Definitely made me think It was one of the first books that climaxed at the end The closer I got to finishing the book, theeager I was to find out what the end would be It was cool that there was a gradual build up and a lot of storytelling and an insider s p.o.v What kept me reading was the unique characters, mainly the protagonist It was really something trying to imagine someone like that, doing those things, and thinking what he did I believe tha This was a very interesting book Definitely made me think It was one of the first books that climaxed at the end The closer I got to finishing the book, theeager I was to find out what the end would be It was cool that there was a gradual build up and a lot of storytelling and an insider s p.o.v What kept me reading was the unique characters, mainly the protagonist It was really something trying to imagine someone like that, doing those things, and thinking what he did I believe that s what kept me reading, otherwise, I probably would ve gotten tired of the book About half way thru, I was really eager to finish the book It definitely was a good story and just REALLY made me think And to think, it was written in the 60 s and much of what was stated, I believe, is still going on today I m not into black power so to speak but it was definitely an eye opener to that kind of world thought as well as gangs, police, and the government.Also, it was like Freeman was invincible or something Which I wasn t sure how much I liked, b c how realistic is that To never get caught To always end up on top For EVERYTHING to go his way He knew everything, knew how to fight, had so much experience but ironically at the end, someone was able to creep up on him And I was going to be really upset if at the end, someone finally takes him over But he did, still, come out on top and I was glad of that.The end kinda leaves you hanging Like, you re not told whether they were successful and then there s the question of, what successful means or the outcome, but you just kinda figure it out on your own.Evidently, the struggle continue s d.Great story.But what I d really like to know is did this really happen And if not, why hasn t it happened yet I want to think it has happened and maybe the government hid it from us B c the book was just too genius for someone NOT to copycat Damn, but this was good and hell of enjoyable It moves fast, it s got that pulp feel where you always know the color of the whiskey label and the size of the man s lapels It made me think of Gil Scott Heron s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and this is a tale of revolution pure and simple, taking everything positive in the biggest baddest gangs and turning them into a force for a racist government to reckon with For just a taste of the prose Drop those names doctors I have known, lawyer Damn, but this was good and hell of enjoyable It moves fast, it s got that pulp feel where you always know the color of the whiskey label and the size of the man s lapels It made me think of Gil Scott Heron s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and this is a tale of revolution pure and simple, taking everything positive in the biggest baddest gangs and turning them into a force for a racist government to reckon with For just a taste of the prose Drop those names doctors I have known, lawyers, judges, businessmen, dentists, politicians, and Great Negro Leaders I have known Drop those brand names GE, Magnavox, For, GM, Chrysler, Zenith, Brooks Brothers, Floorsheim, Johnny Walker, Chivas Regal, Jack Daniels Imported Beer, Dupont carpeting, wall to wall Wall to wall drags with split level minds, remote control color TV soulds and credit card hearts.Play who do you know and who have you screwed Blow your bourgeois blues, your nigger soul sold for a mess of materialistic pottage You have a ceiling on you and yours, your ambitions but the others are in the basement and you will help Mr Charlie keep them there If they get out and move up to your level, then what will you have 16 A brilliant caper of just what could have happened in the 1960s and 70s and didn t, though you wonder just where we would be now if it did And it s got heart too, and friends on two sides of the wall, and you know when they start quoting Billy Holiday that it ain t going to end well, but it s true that God blesses the child who has his own I once read this book for class and fell head over hills for Greenlee s talent for summing up what it means to enact a revolution for change in the African American community In our current atmosphere of BlackLivesMatter, the need to understand the mechanisms of revolting and the tactics that should and should not be used are important.This book packs a punch in it s blunt use of racial slurs, violence, and intellect If you are not a mature reader who can look beyond the surface, this book ma I once read this book for class and fell head over hills for Greenlee s talent for summing up what it means to enact a revolution for change in the African American community In our current atmosphere of BlackLivesMatter, the need to understand the mechanisms of revolting and the tactics that should and should not be used are important.This book packs a punch in it s blunt use of racial slurs, violence, and intellect If you are not a mature reader who can look beyond the surface, this book may not be for you However, if you want to push yourself and your thoughts on the plight of African Americans in America, you ll definitely need to give this book a try.I talk about it further in my Beyonc Book Tag video on my BookTube channel This book should definitely be on your LemonadeSyllabus RootsSyllabus Probably one of the best books I have read in so long from start to finish it was the bomb, and what gets me is that Urban Fiction is hailed as this and that, but I am positive that if they got a hold of THIS book, they d change their minds quick on what is good or not But back to the book this book was published in 1969 by a brother who had similar experiences Somehow, the book was made into a movie, which I also own and I had watched first before reading the book anyhow, you have a congre Probably one of the best books I have read in so long from start to finish it was the bomb, and what gets me is that Urban Fiction is hailed as this and that, but I am positive that if they got a hold of THIS book, they d change their minds quick on what is good or not But back to the book this book was published in 1969 by a brother who had similar experiences Somehow, the book was made into a movie, which I also own and I had watched first before reading the book anyhow, you have a congressman whose voting numbers is quite low especially in the negro quarters To boost them up, they come up with a query then expose on the CIA not having negro officers within their ranks and the CIA in turn decide to recruit a set of young men to go through but make it hard for them NOT to pass it and the games are on They truly expected NONE to pass but one young man by the name of Dan Freeman DOES pass it and even pass by those who considers themselves of the black bourgeois class since he himself is not He is an ex marine of the Korean War and is looking for something better but underneath there is a serious agenda of Freeman s and that is to help his fellow brothers s get over on whitey in his own game Well, Freeman to the surprise of all, is the only one to pass and is in charge of reproduction and copying Once they realize his value, they move him up the ranks and in a few years retires to return to Chicago and work for a social service agency but underneath, he s training the local ganglords the same techniques in order to overthrow the government In time, they are ready and things get hairy but I won t divulgeonly to say the book truly kept me riveted from start to finish worth the read.Now, mind you, the talk is 60s black talk and it is dated but worth it s salt just the same