The survivor of a difficult youth, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter rose to become a top contender for the middleweight boxing crown. But his career crashed to a halt on May 26, 1967, when he and another man were found guilty of the murder of three white people and sentenced to three consecutive life terms. Written from prison and first published in 1974, The Sixteenth Round chronicles Hurricane’s journey from the ring to solitary confinement. The power of Carter’s voice, as well as his ironic humor, makes this an eloquent, soul-stirring account of a remarkable life.
With co-author, Ken Klonsky, Dr. Carter has written his first book in thirty-six years. It tells the story of his spiritual journey during his twenty years of imprisonment and afterward, detailing the battles he has fought and continues to fight on behalf of the wrongly convicted. His is not a comfortable story or an easy philosophy but he offers hope for those who have none. A spiritual as well as factual autobiography, this moving narrative may well change the way we view crime and punishment in the twenty-first century.
“Overall, if you’re looking for a memoir you can read and discard, look elsewhere because “Eye of the Hurricane” demands contemplation and time for reflection. If you’ve got that, this book will pack a punch.” –our weekly.com