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Jesse Owens: An American Life

Baker, William J.

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ISBN 10: 0029017807 / ISBN 13: 9780029017807
Published by Free Press 1986/86, 1986
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Jesse Owens: An American Life

Publisher: Free Press 1986/86

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Born the tenth child of a poor Southern sharecropper and barely able to read or write, Jesse Owens went on to win an unprecedented four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, becoming an international superstar and exploding Hitler's myth of Aryan supremecy in the process. This is his biography.


In 1936, Jesse Owens became the man who showed up Hitler and his ideas of racial superiority at the 1936 "Nazi Olympics" in Berlin. Back home in the US, he faced all the frustrations of a talented black man whose name alone was enough to make money -- for other people. This is a powerful biography of an athlete who never lost his dignity.

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