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Download We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kadir Nelson Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We are the ship; all else the sea. - Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the 20th century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Using an Everyman player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings - breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.

We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abigail | 2/10/2014

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chantel | 1/30/2014

    " I predict that We are the Ship will win one, if not multiple awards this year. The liberally placed illustrations are literally works of art that stand on their own. The true story of the Negro Baseball League is compelling even for one such as I, who is not a particularly big baseball fan. A winner on many, many levels! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alicia | 1/29/2014

    " Absolutely gorgeous - I would love to own a copy of every single one of the paintings in this stunning book. Nelson's attention to detail, to lighting, to hands is incredible. And the writing itself is wonderful, familiar and inviting and lyrical. Read this book if you are in love with baseball, or beautiful art, or humans and the spirit of hope and love and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/25/2014

    " I thought this was a beautiful book. The illustrations were amazing. I found the information interesting. It was a little old for my boys, but I think boys around 12-14 who are into baseball would love this book. "

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