extraordinary courage, his unflappable dignity, and his astonishing feats on
the field as the first African American to play on a major league team made him
not only a great sports legend but a genuine American hero. In this
comprehensive, moving portrait, David Falkner explores in detail the lifelong
influences on Robinson, the pressures he had to bear, and the contributions he
made to the cause of integration.
From Robinson’s famous battle with the army
over segregation to his rigidly maintained restraint in the face of ugly
prejudice and life-threatening hostility from baseball fans and players alike
to his post-baseball efforts to help African Americans establish an economic
base within mainstream America, Falkner illuminates Robinson’s inner strengths
and his determination to make a lasting difference in American society.
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