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Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait (Barnes & Noble Edition)

by Rachel Robinson
     
 

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In evocative, humorous, and personal style, Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, reveals the legend as a sensitive and committed individual. Her keen observations and sharp memories are enhanced by a unique collection of photographs—many never before published—that allow the reader into the Robinsons’ life.

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In evocative, humorous, and personal style, Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, reveals the legend as a sensitive and committed individual. Her keen observations and sharp memories are enhanced by a unique collection of photographs—many never before published—that allow the reader into the Robinsons’ life.

Readers will get to know the man whose fierce determination and stubborn focus were as critical to his career with the Dodgers as they were later in the world beyond. And Rachel Robinson doesn’t hesitate to share the couple’s pain as they are wrenched through a series of tragedies, including the death of their first child.

With a compelling foreword by Roger Wilkins and epilogues by the Robinsons’ two living children, Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait presents a new and revealing picture of a man who is a hero to so many—black and white, old and young, male and female. All will be moved by the story of a remarkable man seen through the eyes of an equally remarkable woman.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's a mythical character to the story of Jackie Robinson's life and his integration of major league baseball in 1947 that still inspires and amazes. No other professional athlete has combined such excellence and daring on the field with such a fiercely courageous social commitment off it. His wife's straightforward portrait of her life with Jackie, written with freelancer Daniels, has much the same effectone can't help but admire the both of them. She met Robinson at UCLA in 1939 ("He was very impressive"), where he starred in baseball, football and track; she recounts his army career and his acquittal on drunk and disorderly charges, after a confrontation with racist military police, in a notorious court martial. She happily contrasts the warm embrace of the Canadian fans after Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers top farm club, the Montreal Royals, with the racist harassment the couple experienced in Florida during that first spring training in 1946. And while she writes with the gentle, nostalgic voice of a wife and mother, Rachel Robinson has been a heroine in her own right and she notes her own formidable achievements: she was present at the strategy sessions of Robinson and Brooklyn Dodger president Branch Rickey; she runs the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation, which builds low- and moderate-income housing; and she launched the Robinson Foundation scholarship fund for minority youth after her husband's death in 1972. There is much about their family life and 310 b&w photographs in this quietly informative and often charming retelling of a great American story. (Oct.)\
Library Journal
In this glowing tribute, the widow of Jackie Robinson uses memorable photographs to relate her husband's story and her life with him, including the trials and tragedies his family faced even as he triumphed on the field.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435118010
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
12/11/2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Robinson, a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and New York University, is the founder and chairperson of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. This is her first book. She lives in Salen, Connecticut.

Lee Daniels is a journalist, writer, and teacher in New York. He has been a reporter for the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Roger Wilkins is a professor of history and American culture at George mason University and a commentator for Nation Public Radio. A member of the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, he is active in many other civil rights organizations. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for Watergate with Woodward, Bernstein, and Herblock, and is the author of A Man’s Life.

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