Abebe Bikila was the first African to win an Olympic gold medal. He won the marathon running barefoot in Rome in 1960 and won again wearing shoes in Tokyo four years later. This book tells his story. It is a story entwined with the decline and fall of Ethiopia's last emperor.
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This is the first biography of Abebe Bikila (1932-73), the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal and the first man to win the Olympic marathon twice. Freelance writer and broadcaster ... Read full review
I truly despise this book. Not because it is a bad read, but because it does not clearly state is fiction. THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. Please instead consider: Bikila, Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian by Tim Judah instead.