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Frantz Fanon was one of the twentieth century’s most important theorists of revolution, colonialism, and racial difference, and this, his masterwork, is a classic alongside Orientalism and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage of colonized peoples and the role of violence in historical change, the book also incisively attacks postindependence disenfranchisement of the masses by the elite on one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. A veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black-consciousness movements around the world. This new translation updates its language for a new generation of readers and its lessons are more vital now than ever.

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The Wretched of the Earth
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May 13th, 2014
A very interesting read that maps out the process of revolution and the accompanying complexities in colonized countries. Sartre's introduction does a good job of prefacing the general book, though I do think that he imposes some of his own opinions onto Fanon's work. Overall, though, an interesting view on current relations between first-world and third-world countries. I would recommend watching Battle of Algiers (you can find it on youtube), as it shows and maps the process discussed by Fanon.
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