Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton
The Freeing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

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This remarkable true story begins in a Brooklyn ghetto when a group of Canadians meets Lesra (Lazarus), an illiterate black teenager who wins their hearts. They end up bringing him to Toronto to help with his education, and while learning to read, Lesra finds a copy of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's The Sixteenth Round. It was a book destined to change Lesra's life forever, and the lives of his adopted family.

Rubin Carter, the subject of Bob Dylan's song "Hurricane," was a number one middleweight boxing contender who had been wrongfully imprisoned after a white jury found him guilty of the murder of three whites in 1966. A huge public outcry followed the publication of The Sixteenth Round in 1974, culminating in a retrial, which was a virtual reenactment of the original travesty, with Carter receiving the same triple life sentence.

Moved by Lesra's passion, his adopted Canadian family contacted Carter and reinvigorated the legal battle. The inspiring relationship that ensued forms the heart of Lazarus and the Hurricane--a riveting legal drama, fast-paced murder investigation, and above all, a moving account of hope, humanity, and the indomitability of the human spirit.


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Published January 1, 1991 by Penguin Books Canada, Limited. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The authors were led to Carter's story through Lesra Martin, a young black man they befriended on a trip to Brooklyn and whom they invited to be a part of their commune in Toronto where they had been ""living together in harmony for almost ten years."" A letter from Martin, whose first name is a ...

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