Most of racial struggle only makes sense in context and what a context this book provides.
Some may critique the treatment of Newton and Cleaver with kid gloves–there's certainly a lot there still be explored–but this is no hagiography of Black Panther leadership or the party itself. The rise and fall of the party is just stunning. Maybe three years of prominence and then a spectacular fall off the national stage. Bloom and Martin tell a detailed history of not just the events but the mindset and–most importantly– the mindset behind each of the major events in the party's movement.
In a sense, you're constantly boggled by how a militant, socialist and anti-racist activism of any kind could grow to such prominence when you consider the horror directed toward contemporary movements like BLM. Black Against Empire is a hell of an eye opener.