Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom
A spiritual as well as a factual autobiography, this is a self-portrait of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a 20th-century icon and controversial victim of the U.S. justice system turned spokesperson for the wrongfully convicted. Exploring Carter's personal philosophy - born of the unimaginable duress of wrongful imprisonment and conceived through his defiance of the brutal institution of prison and a decade of solitary confinement - this work offers hope for those who have none and serves as a call to action for those who abhor injustice. Exposing the inherent flaws in the legal and penal systems, this autobiography also serves as a prison survival manual - be it a brick-and-mortar cell or the metaphorical prison of childhood abuse, racism, and despair.
"An uplifting tale of how a man can transcend shackles of all sorts." - "Globe and Mail" "Rubin Carter describes his truly inspiring journey through his early life of brutality and suffering into his current life of hard-won spiritual affirmation and worldwide advocacy for the wrongly convicted. His views on the American justice system and the death penalty are outspoken, uncompromising, and ultimately accurate. Dr. Carter’s autobiography presents the unique and passionate vision of a unique and passionate man." -Sister Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking “When a judge is responsible for freeing a person whom he believes has been wrongly convicted of murder, he worries whether he will live to regret or be proud of that decision. When it comes to Rubin Carter, I have no regrets. He has justified my faith in him, and I am proud of the person he has become. He is a testament to the human spirit.” — -Judge H. Lee Sarokin, retired, U.S. Appeals Court "Long story short, if Eye of the Hurricane doesn’t inspire you, nothing will." -Smooth Magazine
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a former middleweight prizefighter whose 1967 imprisonment for a triple homicide at a Paterson, New Jersey, bar became a cause célèbre in the 1970s for the likes of Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali, was released from prison in 1985 by a federal judge who cited a conviction predicated on “an appeal to racism rather than reason.” Carter says that his true freedom was actually achieved within prison walls after he chose to focus not on his release but rather on personal transformation through the study of religious and philosophical texts, a process conveyed here with transcendent wisdom if not concision. Carter also discusses his efforts in Canada to secure the release of similarly wrongly convicted people