In this highly acclaimed memoir, James Earl Jones delves into his difficult early years as well as his acting triumphs. This compelling autobiography is a moving tale of a child born in squalor in a shack in Mississippi who makes his way to the top of the ladder, on Broadway and in Hollywood. A stutterer through his early years, he became a mute from the ages of ten to fourteen. Jones's struggle for success is no less breathtaking than his attempts at reclaiming his voice. He has been acclaimed for his monumental performances in The Emperor Jones, The Great White Hope, Othello, Paul Robeson, and Fences.