The Best That I Can Be

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G.K. Hall, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
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Rafer Johnson's story is the classic American dream: hard work leading to success, honor, and glory. Here, he openly writes about his humble beginnings in an obscure African-American Texas ghetto, his growing up in the all-white, sun-drenched Californian town of Kingsburg, and his time at UCLA as the president of the student body and an acclaimed athlete. His talents brought him to dramatic athletic duels in Moscow, Melbourne, and Rome, and to the glamour of acting, broadcasting, and politics in Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and the rest of the nation. Structured around the ten events of the decathlon, Rafer's memoir vividly describes an exceptional life. It introduces remarkable people, both unknown and celebrated (the Kennedy family; Gloria Steinem; Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade; Tom Brokaw; and others), who befriended Rafer and affected his life. It tells of obstacles and tragedies - crippling injuries, an alcoholic father, the assassination of his close friend Robert F. Kennedy - and what it takes to overcome them.

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THE BEST THAT I CAN BE

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A diverting autobiography by the 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, told with equal parts grace, humility, and candor. Johnson's story is set up in ten chapters, each representing an event in the ... Read full review

The best that I can be: an autobiography

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This is the autobiography of one of this country's greatest athletes, Rafer Johnson. A former world champion decathlete and gold medal winner at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Johnson has been admired by ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
7
The Starting Blocks
16
The Long Leap Forward
42
Copyright

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