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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From 1920 to 1940, the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African Americans all over the country. The unapologetic writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, the fervent fiction and poetry of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, the groundbreaking art of Aaron Douglas and William H. Johnson, and the triumphant music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong gave voice and expression to the thoughts and emotions that Jim Crow segregation laws had long sought to stifle.

In On the Shoulders of Giants, indomitable basketball star and bestselling author and historian Kareem Abdul-Jabbar invites readers on an extraordinarily personal journey back to his birthplace, through one of the greatest political, cultural, literary, and artistic movements in our history, revealing the tremendous impact the Harlem Renaissance had on both American culture and his own life. Beginning with the rise of the Harlem Renaissance as pioneers of professional basketball, Kareem traces the many streams of historical influence that converged to create the man he is today—the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a veritable African American icon.

Travel deep into the soul of the Renaissance—to the night clubs, restaurants, basketball games, and fabulous parties that have made footprints in Harlem’s history. Meet the athletes, jazz musicians, comedians, actors, politicians, entrepreneurs, and writers who not only inspired Kareem’s rise to greatness but an entire nation’s.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in the midst of a cultural reawakening, carried on the shoulders of athletes trying to prove there was a lot more at stake than a ball game, men and women who made music that could break your heart, and writers and intellectuals who gave voice to not just the ideals of a movement but the raw emotions. Kareem tells what it took to get these revolutionaries to Harlem and how they changed the world—a world that is still riding on the shoulders of giants.

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  • “A thoroughly accessible and engaging mix of memoir and cultural history.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Basketball fans will most enjoy Abdul-Jabbar’s chronicle of Harlem’s basketball team…Abdul-Jabbar’s passion for history, literature, and jazz, however, prove just as fundamental to the legendary Laker’s journey, and this accessible, passionate account presents each ‘giant’ as a vital part of Abdul-Jabbar’s development and rise to fame.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Richard Allen’s voice has both gravitas and a conversational quality…Allen’s voice also reflects the love Abdul-Jabbar has for his subject.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gilbert | 12/5/2013

    " Very enjoyable & informative overview of the Harlem Renaissance, & how it impacted the life of Kareem Abdul-Jabar. Very enjoyable whether or not you are a basketball fan, and helpful for me to understand this era of American history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Larry | 11/16/2013

    " Harlem Renaissance through Jabbar's eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Brown | 8/14/2011

    " So far, I'm really enjoying this. It's a refreshing way to explore history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Παναγιώτης Δημόπουλος | 12/6/2010

    " i haven't read this yet, but it's great "

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