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A 1998 Honor Book - Black Caucus-American Library Association
Choice Outstanding Academic Book
The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad. Ramperstad was chosen by Jack's widow, Rachael, 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 fight for civil rights.
Although he was the player to break baseball's color barrier, sports was only one aspect of Robinson's life. We learn more about Robinson the acclaimed scholar, his military court-martial for refusing to move to the back of a bus on an Army base in Texas, his business ventures, his leading role in the community, his early support of Martin Luther King, Jr., his commitment to racial politics at a crucial stage in its development, and his controversial associations with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Humphrey, Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Malcolm X.
1. In Pharaoh's Land: Cairo, Georgia (1919-1920)
2. A Pasadena Boyhood (1920-1937)
3. Pasadena Junior College (1937-1939)
4. Blue and Gold at UCLA (1939-1941)
5. Jack in the World at War (1941-1944)
6. A Monarch in the Negro Leagues (1944-1946)
7. A Royal Entrance (1946)
8. A Brooklyn Dodger (1946-1947)
9. A Most Valuable Player (1947-1950)
10. Free at Last (1950-1952)
11. Dodging Blows, Fighting Back (1952-1955)
12. The Bottom of the Ninth (1955-1957)
13. Like Starting Over (1957-1960)
14. A New Frontier (1960-1964)
15. On the Killing Ground (1964-1968)
16. Rounding Third (1968-1971)
17. Heading Home (1971-1972)