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Author: Dave Zirin Narrator: Dave Zirin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9780525627470
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A unique biography of Jim Brown—football legend, Hollywood star, and controversial activist—written by acclaimed sports journalist Dave Zirin. The author spent considerable time with his subject, speaking with him at length about his life and career.

Jim Brown is recognized as perhaps the greatest football player to ever live. But his phenomenal nine-year career with the Cleveland Browns is only part of his remarkable story, the opening salvo to a much more sprawling epic. Brown parlayed his athletic fame into stardom in Hollywood, where it was thought that he could become “the black John Wayne.” He was an outspoken Black Power icon in the 1960s, and he formed Black Economic Unions to challenge racism in the business world. For this and for his decades of work as a truce negotiator with street gangs, Brown—along with such figures as Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, and Billie Jean King—is revered as a socially conscious athlete.

On the most hypermasculine cultural canvases of the United States—NFL football, the Black Power movement, Hollywood’s blaxploitation films, gang intervention both inside and outside prison walls—Jim Brown has made his mark. Yet in the landscape of the most toxic expression of “what makes a man”—numerous accusations of violence against women—he has left a jagged mark as well.

Dave Zirin’s book redefines an American icon and not always in a flattering light. At eighty-one years old, Brown continues to speak out and look for fights. His recent public support of Donald Trump and criticism of Colin Kaepernick are just the latest examples of someone who seems restless if he is not in conflict.

Jim Brown is a raw and thrilling account of Brown’s remarkable life and a must-read for sports fans and students of the black freedom struggle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through solid reporting, Zirin captures the essence of the fiercely independent Brown…Zirin narrates in a relaxed tone that never wavers throughout the audiobook. While many famous people such as former teammates, comedian Richard Pryor, and others, are quoted, Zirin narrates straightforwardly throughout, a smart choice. Zirin, who writes often on race and sports, has done a nice job on the Hall of Famer.”

    AudioFile

  • “Dave Zirin’s writing is, much like Jim Brown, tough, powerful, blunt and uncompromising. This book is the perfect match of writer and subject.”

    Wright Thompson, senior writer at ESPN

  • “One of the greatest—and most controversial—athletes of all time gets a well-balanced biographical and historical treatment…What is most refreshing about this book is Zirin’s focus on Brown’s character, both awe-inspiring and highly flawed…Zirin, who spent considerable time with Brown, deftly navigates this rocky terrain, providing ample room for Brown to tell his own story and for others to weigh in as well. A truly rounded, fully fleshed portrait of a significant twentieth-century figure.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About the Author

Dave Zirin was named one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World” by Utne Reader magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine and is their first sports writer in 150 years. He is also a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times.