The Jackie Robinson Reader: Perspectives on an American Hero

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Offering viewpoints on both Jackie Robinson and his role in the world of baseball in the 1940s, a collection of writings that include some letters by Robinson himself sheds light on the cultural impact of his actions and the man behind the popular hero. Reprint.

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Jackie Robinson biographer Jules Tygiel has compiled a powerful batting order of prominent writers and those who knew Robinson first-hand--including Roger Kahn, Red Barber, black sportswriter Wendell Smith, Robinson's Olympic-medalist brother Mack, even Malcolm X and Jackie Robinson himself. Their perspectives help pierce the shadow cast by the legend and shed real light on the man. Barber's poignant recollection of his personal battle with racism still rings loudly a half century later, and Harold Parrott's "The Betrayal of Robinson" is an unforgettably harrowing account of the animosity directed toward Robinson that first season.

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Jules Tygiel is a leading authority on Jackie Robinson, and the author of Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy. He lives in San Francisco, California, where he is a professor of history at San Francisco State University.

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