Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and why We are Afraid to Talk about it

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PublicAffairs, 2000 - Social Science - 387 pages
"In Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It, award-winning journalist Jon Entine explores the genetic, cultural, and physiological roots of black athletic superiority. Drawing on the latest scientific research, Entine persuasively shows why biology and ancestry are significant components of the stunning ascension of black athletes. He reveals striking differences between athletes of West African heritage and those from East Africa, and shows why such differences could arise and be maintained over time. Entine shows how the favored explanation for black dominance - a dearth of opportunities elsewhere, channeling into specific sports, and hard work - fails to explain the dimensions of the monopoly. And he investigates whether or not there is any linkage between physical superiority and intellectual ability." "Entine tells the gripping story of blacks in sports and the circumstances that have made addressing the facts so difficult and controversial. We meet pioneers like Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Arthur Ashe, Wilma Rudolph, and Jack Johnson, as well as modern-day superstars such as Michael Jordan, Pedro Martinez, Randy Moss, and the seemingly endless procession of champion Kenyan marathoners."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A brave sprint in the marathon of genetic racial equality. Journalist and award-winning TV producer Entine writes lucidly about a forbidden topic. After O.J., it takes courage to discuss race science ... Read full review

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In 1999, some leading presidential biographers and journalists participated in a lecture series at Dartmouth College, which was aired over C-Span and adapted into this lucid digest appropriate for ... Read full review


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Jon Entine, author of the bestseller TABOO: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It, is an international columnist, adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and consultant on business and media ethics. He spent twenty years as a producer and executive with NBC News and ABC News and has taught at numerous universities, including Miami University (Ohio) and New York University. He has been awarded many fellowships and prizes for his journalism, including a National Press Club award and two Emmys.

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