Jesse Owens

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The child of poor Alabama sharecroppers, Jesse Owens always loved to run. In the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, he shattered three world records to overcome racial discrimination and disprove Hitler's belief in the superiority of Aryan people. Don't miss the "World's Fastest Human" in his race to the top!

Describes the life of the sharecroppers' son who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and challenged Hitler's...

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Overview

The child of poor Alabama sharecroppers, Jesse Owens always loved to run. In the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, he shattered three world records to overcome racial discrimination and disprove Hitler's belief in the superiority of Aryan people. Don't miss the "World's Fastest Human" in his race to the top!

Describes the life of the sharecroppers' son who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and challenged Hitler's notion of Aryan superiority.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Biographies of famous athletes sometimes emphasize only the individual's accomplishments as a competitor. While the achievements of an athlete on the field, in the ring, or in whatever venue they competed in may be interesting, what is more enlightening is what that person was like. In this biography of one of the greatest athletes of this century, the reader is confronted by a man who combined both marvelous abilities as a sprinter as well as an inability to find success in other areas of life. Jesse Owens' life is presented as one of striking contrasts. His amazing accomplishments at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, while under the eyes of Adolph Hitler, are described as a great feat not only for Jesse but for all opponents of racism. Conversely, for much of his life, Jesse Owens suffered discrimination, failure, and rejection. This sports biography offers the reader a sad but revealing look at how fleeting glory can be. From the pages of this book, Jesse Owens emerges as a gifted athlete, who failed as a businessman, was charged with tax evasion, and drifted from one occupation to another. Lessons can be learned from this book, not only about Jesse Owens' record setting athletic prowess, but also regarding his struggles to find a place in the sun for himself and his family. Part of the "A&E Biography" series, this is a book well worth reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822530701
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Sports Heroes and Legends Series
  • Pages: 106
  • Sales rank: 819,916
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Record Breaker 1
Chapter 1 Moving North 4
Chapter 2 Racing to Beat Himself 12
Chapter 3 Easy Wins 22
Chapter 4 Buckeye Bullet 30
Chapter 5 Training for Olympic Glory 41
Chapter 6 Victory in Berlin 49
Chapter 7 Citius, Altius, Fortius 58
Chapter 8 Banned for Life 66
Chapter 9 A Wandering Man 78
Chapter 10 Troubled Times 87
Epilogue: Keeping the Faith 96
Personal Statistics 99
Track-and-Field Records Set 100
Sources 102
Bibliography 103
Websites 104
Index 105
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