Jim Brown is recognized as perhaps the greatest football player to ever live. But his phenomenal nine-year career with the Cleveland Browns is only part of his remarkable story, the opening salvo to a much more sprawling epic. Brown parlayed his athletic fame into stardom in Hollywood, where it was thought that he could become "the black John Wayne." He was an outspoken Black Power icon in the 1960s, and he formed Black Economic Unions to challenge racism in the business world. For this and for his decades of work as a truce negotiator with street gangs, Brownalong with such figures as Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, and Billie Jean Kingis revered as a socially conscious athlete.
On the most hypermasculine cultural canvases of the United StatesNFL football, the Black Power movement, Hollywood's blaxploitation films, gang intervention both inside and outside prison wallsJim Brown has made his mark. Yet in the landscape of the most toxic expression of "what makes a man"numerous accusations of violence against womenhe has left a jagged mark as well.
Dave Zirin's book redefines an American icon, and not always in a flattering light. At eighty-one years old, Brown continues to speak out and look for fights. His recent public support of Donald Trump and criticism of Colin Kaepernick are just the latest examples of someone who seems restless if he is not in conflict. Jim Brown is a raw and thrilling account of Brown's remarkable life and a must-read for sports fans and students of the black freedom struggle.
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Table of Contents
Introduction "It Just Is What It Is" 1
1 Man Of Steel (The Superman Trap) 11
2 The Boy They Called Man 33
3 Man Among Browns 69
4 Jim Brown's Black Power: "If I Ever March, I'll March Alone" 113
5 Almost a Leading Man: The Hollywood Hustle 163
6 Man Up: Gangsters, Shot-Callers, and Fighting To Make Peace 197
7 Toxic: Manhood and Violence Against Women 251
8 Last Man Standing 291