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The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World par [Zirin, Dave, Carlos, John Wesley]
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John Carlos is an American hero. And finally he has written a memoir to tell us his story and a powerful story it is. I couldn't put this book down. --Michael Moore

Biblically, athletes with superior attributes were seen as gifts from God. Whether it was Samson staring down the Philistines or David slaying Goliath, they and latter-day heroes such as Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, selflessly used their gifts and magnificently magnified platforms to transform society. It is in that tradition that John Carlos, and his teammate Tommie Smith, raised their fists in solidarity with the American civil rights struggle, as well as the struggles of those who exist on the downside of advantage. It was a statement for the ages. This act of righteous defiance lifted us all to a new level of dignity and shared responsibility to improve the conditions of the poor the world over...But the price of heroism is high. John Carlos paid and this is his story. --Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

The John Carlos Story is a blow by blow detail of triumph vs tragedy from the jump. Again Dave Zirin uncovers, and yet illuminates the mere footnotes of this sports history hero with his impeccable balance of truth. This story drills a hole into the myth of black athlete success and worship. --Chuck D, Public Enemy

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2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work—Biography/Autobiography

"A powerful and poignant memoir."—Cornel West, from the foreword

"John Carlos is an American hero. And finally he has written a memoir to tell us his story—and a powerful story it is. I couldn't put this book down."—Michael Moore

Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.

John Carlos is a former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy.

Dave Zirin is the author of four books, including Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love, A Peoples' History of Sports in the United States, and What's My Name, Fool?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 218 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1608461270
  • Editeur : Haymarket Books (4 octobre 2011)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Story behind the Picture 11 mars 2015
Par Papa Frank - Publié sur
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I remember being deeply offended when John Carlos raise his gloved hand on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics. It was easy for me to decide that he was just being disrespectful and arrogant, but I was missing one thing: the context behind that action. Carlos provides a very thoughtful and honest story in which he reveals how that action on the medal stand, even though he admits it was spontaneous, was also the result of the life he was born into, as well as the life he chose for himself. Carlos' story begins during the Harlem Renaissance of his childhood, where his concern for others began when most are worrying only about themselves. In fact, it was his ability to outrun law enforcement officials after stealing food and everyday goods off trains that provided early indications of the speed that would take him to that medal stand. Dyslexia made school difficult for him, but Carlos managed a full university scholarship because he could outrun everyone. Instead of solving his problems, the scholarship heightened his awareness of the injustices his predecessors had suffered during the days of slavery. Ultimately, it forced him to come to terms with the fact that slavery still existed in the way black scholarship athletes were treated, which rekindled his earlier concern for others. When he met and was influenced by Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr. and Malcolm X, he learned that others shared his concern also had ideas about how to affect change. The rest of Carlos' memoir reveals his role in the plan to boycott the 1968 Olympics, why it ultimately failed, and how the USA Track Team responded, and how Carlos' life was haunted by his decision to raise his fist. Now that I understand the reasons behind that action, I not only appreciate but applaud his action. There are two powerful lessons in this book: (1) A picture can never reveal the complete, true story behind the moment it captures, and (2) we haven't made as much progress in civil rights as we fool ourselves into believing. An attitude-changing and thought-provoking story and many levels for many people -- not just sports fans.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read. Just Do It. 8 juin 2016
Par Lane - Publié sur
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This story is important and is still relevant. I remember when this happened at the Olympics and the uproar it caused. I believed the negative slant that was being printed about John Carlos and his cause - but after reading this I see John Carlos in a completely different light. Dave Zirin is such a talented writer that the combination of a compelling and important story, being told so well makes this a must read for anyone interested in the ongoing struggle for genuine equality on this planet of ours.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A profound act makes a good story. 23 septembre 2013
Par Patrick Collins - Publié sur
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The most fascinating part of John Carlos' life isn't really the suffering that his demonstration of courage caused him, (and our shame that his act caused him so much suffering) but that now most Americans think of the Black Power salute in Mexico City with approval. His courage made for a significant event in American history, not just American sports history, on the level of Cassius Clay throwing his medals into the river after 1960 and Muhammed Ali lighting the Olympic Flame at the Atlantic Olympics 36 years later. His story of growing up in Harlem, his difficult college athletic career in east Texas, the Mexico City event and the debates that proceeded it, and the memory of the passions of the 1960s make this book a good read for anyone interested in sports history or American racial and Civil Rights history. I'm glad to live in the same world as men like John Carlos.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic book however.... 9 octobre 2012
Par V. P. - Publié sur
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I enjoyed the book minus the few typos that I discovered while reading it. I was 7 years old and remember the gesture all 3 men made on the stand for oppressed African Americans. I was too young to really grasp the whole situation, reading this book clears it all up. It's sad how people have fought for our rights throughout the years and we as a race still treat each other like trash. Anyway I digress, the book was great I didn't want to put it down. The only real problem that I have and had with the book is that no one should compare anything to cancer unless you've actually had it. I've had 3 family members pass of cancer and I have a sister who is breast cancer survivor I get real peeved when I read something like that, I don't care who the writer may be!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Didn't realize this brother was that deep 31 mars 2012
Par M. Johnson - Publié sur
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I ran track as a kid...and my cousins and I would pretend we were standing at the podium with our fists raised.
We didn't really know much of what it really ..really..meant....and what was really going on during that time.

I saw John Carlos on CSPAN discussing this I decided to learn more about him. It's a wonderfully written book. Mr. Carlos does a nice job painting a picture of his life and things that happened to him to make him the man he is....and that lead up to that historic moment.

Well done Mr. Carlos.
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