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Author: Anthony Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415904329

Publisher Description

A powerful wartime saga recounting the extraordinary story of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II.   “More than a combat story . . . it’s also the story of how black soldiers had to fight (literally and figuratively) for the right to fight the Germans.”—USA Today    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first became immersed in the history of the 761st Battalion through family friend Leonard “Smitty” Smith, a veteran of the unit. Working with acclaimed writer Anthony Walton, Abdul-Jabbar interviewed surviving members of the battalion to weave together a page-turning narrative based on their memories, stories, and historical accounts, from basic training through the horrors of the battlefield to their postwar experiences.   Trained essentially as a public relations gesture to maintain the support of the black community for the war, the battalion was never intended to see battle. In fact, General Patton originally opposed their deployment, claiming African Americans couldn’t think quickly enough to operate tanks in combatconditions. But in the summer of 1944, following heavy casualties in the fields of France, the Allies—desperate for trained tank personnel—called the battalion up anyway.   While most combat troops fought on the front for a week or two before being rotated back, the men of the 761st served for more than six months, fighting heroically under Patton’s Third Army at the Battle of the Bulge and in the Allies’ final drive across France and Germany. Despite a casualty rate that approached 50 percent and an extreme shortage of personnel and equipment, the 761st would ultimately help liberate some thirty towns and villages, as well as several branch concentration camps. The racism that shadowed them during the war and the prejudice they faced upon their return home are an indelible part of their story. Shining through most of all, however, are the lasting bonds that united them as soldiers and brothers, the bravery they exhibited on the battlefield, and the quiet dignity and patriotism that defined their lives.

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  • “While it will leave aficionados satisfied, this is military history that will prove compelling to anyone with an interest in black men’s experience during the twentieth century.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A wholly different perspective on the ‘greatest generation.’” 

    - People
  • “More than a combat story or a segregated version of Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. It's also the story of how black soldiers had to fight (literally and figuratively) for the right to fight the Germans.” 

    - USA Today 
  • “A carefully researched and engrossing account that paints the individual dramas of the tankmen against the backdrop of the war…A fine tribute to these unsung heroes and a valuable addition to the literature on African American service in World War II.”

    - Washington Post Book World
  • “Not only an exciting, informative military history for the general reader but also a revealing and moving record of racism in America’s past.” 

    - Houston Chronicle

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About the Author

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor and basketball coach and has authored six books for adults and three for children, including What Color Is My World?, which won the NAACP award for Best Children’s Book. In 2012, he was selected as a US cultural ambassador, and in 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji. Allen is also the winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.