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Jackie Robinson
Exact title of book
Jackie Robinson
Book author
Arnold Rampersad
ISBN
9780307291462
Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Published
Mar 19, 2009
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
560
File size (in PDF)
5040 kB

Some brief overview of book

The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad, who was chosen by Jacks widow, Rachel, to tell her husbands story, and was given unprecedented access to his private papers. We are brought closer than we have ever been to the great ballplayer, a man of courage and quality who became a pivotal figure in the areas of race and civil rights. Born in the rural South, the son of a sharecropper, Robinson was reared in southern California.

We see him blossom there as a student-athlete as he struggled against poverty and racism to uphold the beliefs instilled in him by his motherfaith in family, education, America, and God. We follow Robinson through World War II, when, in the first wave of racial integration in the armed forces, he was commissioned as an officer, then court-martialed after refusing to move to the back of a bus. After he plays in the Negro National League, we watch the opening of an all-American drama as, late in 1945, Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers recognized Jack as the right player to break baseballs color barrierand the game was forever changed.

Jacks never-before-published letters open up his relationship with his family, especially his wife, Rachel, whom he married just as his perilous venture of integrating baseball began. Her memories are a major resource of the narrative as we learn about the severe harassment Robinson endured from teammates and opponents alike; about death threats and exclusion; about joy and remarkable success. We watch his courageous response to abuse, first as a stoic endurer, then as a fighter who epitomized courage anddefiance.

We see his growing friendship with white players like Pee Wee Reese and the black teammates who followed in his footsteps, and his embrace by Brooklyns fans. We follow his blazing career 1947, Rookie of the Year; 1949, Most Valuable Player; six pennants in ten seasons, and 1962, induction into the Hall of Fame. But sports were merely one aspect of his life.

We see his business ventures, his leading role in the community, his early support of Martin Luther King Jr., his commitment to the civil rights movement at a crucial stage in its evolution; his controversial associations with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Humphrey, Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Malcolm X. Rampersads magnificent biography leaves us with an indelible image of a principled man who was passionate in his loyalties and opinions a baseball player who could focus a crowds attention as no one before or since; an activist at the crossroads of his peoples struggle; a dedicated family man whose last years were plagued by illness and tragedy, and who died prematurely at fifty-two. He was a pathfinder, an American hero, and he now has the biography he deserves.

Arnold Rampersad follows the pivotal baseball players life.

About book author

Rampersad is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University, where he is a member of the Department of English and the Program in African-American Studies. His books include the two-volume Life of Langston Hughes and, with the late Arthur Ashe, Days of Grace A Memoir. In 1991, he was appointed a MacArthur Foundation fellow.

He lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey. uthern California. We see him blossom there as a student-athlete as he struggled against poverty and racism to uphold the beliefs instilled in him by his motherfaith in family, education, America, and God. We follow Robinson through World War II, when, in the first wave of racial integration in the armed forces, he was commissioned as an officer, then court-martialed after refusing to move to the back of a bus.

After he plays in the Negro National League, we watch the opening of an all-American drama as, late in 1945, Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers recognized Jack as the right player to break baseballs color barrierand the game was forever changed. Jacks never-before-published letters open up his relationship with his family, especially his wife, Rachel, whom he married just as his perilous venture of integrating baseball began. Her memories are a major resource of the narrative as we learn about the severe harassment Robinson endured from teammates and opponents alike; about death threats and exclusion; about joy and remarkable success.

We watch his courageous response to abuse, first as a stoic endurer, then as a fighter who epitomized courage anddefiance. We see his growing friendship with white players like Pee Wee Reese and the black teammates who followed in his footsteps, and his embrace by Brooklyns fans. We follow his blazing career 1947, Rookie of the Year; 1949, Most Valuable Player; six pennants in ten seasons, and 1962, induction into the Hall of Fame.

But sports were merely one aspect of his life. We see his business ventures, his leading role in the community, his early support of Martin Luther King Jr., his commitment to the civil rights movement at a crucial stage in its evolution; his controversial associations with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Humphrey, Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Malcolm X. Rampersads magnificent biography leaves us with an indelible image of a principled man who was passionate in his loyalties and opinions a baseball player who could focus a crowds attention as no one before or since; an activist at the crossroads of his peoples struggle; a dedicated family man whose last years were plagued by illness and tragedy, and who died prematurely at fifty-two.

He was a pathfinder, an American hero, and he now has the biography he deserves. Arnold Rampersad follows the pivotal baseball players life.

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