Great Time Coming: The Life Of Jackie Robinson From Baseball to Birmingham

Great Time Coming: The Life Of Jackie Robinson From Baseball to Birmingham

by David Falkner
     
 

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Jackie Robinson's extraordinary courage, his unflappable dignity, and his astonishing feats on the field as the first African-American to play on a major league team made him not only a great sports legend but a genuine American hero. In this comprehensive, moving portrait, David Falkner explores in detail the lifelong influences on Robinson, the pressures he had to

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Jackie Robinson's extraordinary courage, his unflappable dignity, and his astonishing feats on the field as the first African-American to play on a major league team made him not only a great sports legend but a genuine American hero. In this comprehensive, moving portrait, David Falkner explores in detail the lifelong influences on Robinson, the pressures he had to bear, and the contributions he made to the cause of integration.

From Robinson's famous battle with the army over segregation to his rigidly maintained restraint in the face of ugly prejudice and life-threatening hostility from baseball fans and players alike, to his post-baseball efforts to help African-Americans establish an economic base within mainstream America, Falkner illuminates Robinson's inner strengths and his determination to make a lasting difference in American society.

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Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post Book World ...David Falkner's life of Robinson, the first full-dress biography to regard him with equal seriousness as a baseball player and a major figure in the civil-rights revolution.

Darryl Brock San Francisco Chronicle [Great Time Coming] is a balanced, probing, intelligent and often gripping study of a man who became a symbol for millions.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Far more than a sports book, this is an in-depth portrait of an individual of admirable simplicity and forthrightness, as well as a great athlete. Born in Georgia but raised in Southern California, Robinson was a gifted athlete in many sports in high school and junior college and while at UCLA. It was his intensity and fury, born partly from discrimination, that made him a fighter. Those same qualities got him in trouble as a lieutenant in the segregated U.S. Army during WWII, but brought him success at last when he broke the color line in major league baseball. His spectacular career on the diamond is well known, but Falkner (The Last Yankee) goes beyond his subject's sporting career to detail what happened to Robinson from the time he left the Dodgers in 1957 until his death in 1972. He relates how Robinson devoted himself to the goal of integration with equal rights for all, while around him swirled struggles by the NAACP, the Black Panthers and the Republican and Democratic parties to ally themselves with Robinson, the legend and the symbol, and while diabetes wracked his body. A comprehensive account. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Falkner (The Last Yankee, S. & S., 1992) has crafted an excellent biography of one of the most historically important sports figures of modern times. Although Great Time Coming doesn't supersede Jules Tygiel's classic Baseball's Great Experiment (1983), it is a solid offering and one of this season's best. For most collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684823485
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
02/06/1996
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.20(d)

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Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post Book World ...David Falkner's life of Robinson, the first full-dress biography to regard him with equal seriousness as a baseball player and a major figure in the civil-rights revolution.

Darryl Brock San Francisco Chronicle [Great Time Coming] is a balanced, probing, intelligent and often gripping study of a man who became a symbol for millions.

Meet the Author

David Falkner is the author of several books, including The Last Yankee and Nine Sides of the Diamond. A special contributor to The Sporting News, Falkner lives in New York City.

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