Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait

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In the spring of 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking down baseball's decades-old color line and changing the face of the game forever. Now, in this intimate portrait, Robinson's widow, Rachel, tells her husband's story - and that of her life with him - from her unique perspective. But the tale of Jackie Robinson doesn't begin and end with baseball. It includes family, friends, and - after retirement - the business world and the civil rights movement. Confronted by challenges at every turn, together the Robinsons struggled to live to the fullest in every way. Rachel Robinson describes the trials the family faced as carefully as she relates her husband's thrilling triumphs on the diamond. With a compelling foreword by noted historian 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.

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Excellent pictorial and narrative summary of the man who crossed the color boundary in Major League Baseball. Detailed and filled with many excellent vignettes and pictures about this splendid athlete ... Read full review

Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait

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This photo-rich (301 in all) biography of baseball's first black major leaguer was published in 1996 for $29.95. This edition offers that same high quality for half the original cover price. Read full review


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Lee Daniels was until 2005 the editor of the National Urban League's public-policy journal "The State of Black America," He was for twenty years a reporter for "The New York Times" and "The Washington Post," Born in Boston, he now lives in New York City.

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