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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 3, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195034988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195034981
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A superior distinguished work...unique in its contribution to American cultural history, black history, and the history of science."--Edward Lurie, University of Delaware


"Among the finest biographies I have ever read. Manning's book wins my highest praise....It is so well written and meticulously researched...it is a pleasure to read."--Stephen Jay Gould, The New York Review of Books


"A unique contribution to not only Black history, but also to American history and to the history of science."--The Black Collegian


"Manning has created a remarkable portrait of a remarkable scientist....A brilliantly sympathetic but skillfully tempered biography....Blends social, institutional, black, and political history with the history of science. Impressively, Manning succeeds with each of these separate threads and manages to weave them together into a vibrant fabric."--Science


"In this sensitive biography, Manning conveys the outrage and absurdity of racism with a measured restraint that is much more powerful than if he had indulged in the diatribes to which his material could easily lend itself....People, settings, atmosphere...are beautifully evoked in a book that makes a major contribution to understanding the forces that obstructed and warped Just's career."--American Scientist


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Kenneth R. Manning is Professor of the History of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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This a is four-star book at a minimum, and I think it deserves five stars.
B. F. Mooney
He just tells what happened; he lets the story, powerful as it is, speak for itself.
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It's like every time he encounters an obstacle he always finds a way to persevere.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jenny theis on April 30, 2000
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Black Apollo of Science, The Life of Ernest Everett Just in my opinion is a very excellent portrail of the complicated and exciting life of one of the leading black scientist of the early 20th century. If you are serious about learning every detail about E.E Just, then this is the book for you. It is the story of his life which goes from his early life and struggles to gain an education to hi later life where he fights to give other African Americans the opportunity to recieve a quality education. Although most of his life commitments were based to further the education of African Americans, he also had his own personal motives. He was a dedicated researcher who was not afraid to express his opinions at whatever cost it was, personally and professionally. This book offers great motivation to anyone that is fighting against the norms and against dicrimination. I recommend it to scholars as along to layman that wish to learn more about American scientifc history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay bryan on June 16, 2010
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This book is so good I don't want to finish it right away. It's like every time he encounters an obstacle he always finds a way to persevere. This book really shows how Bro. Ernest E. Just lived out his cardinal principal's every day. If you want a glimpse on what it was like to be black during a time of oppression, a time when people of color had the answers to many questions that were rendered due to the color of their skin. This is the book that you must have. I guarantee that this book will open your eyes to how racism really held back the nation top scholars of color.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. F. Mooney on April 6, 2007
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With all due respect to the other reviewer, I cannot understand how the word "excellent" can be used in a admiring review - followed by the assignment of only three stars! This a is four-star book at a minimum, and I think it deserves five stars. This is an exemplary biography in it terms of the underlying research, choice of subject and material to be included, and the style of writing. As a biologist, I am familiar with Just's work and some of the primary literature of his time, and can only add my praise for the author's adept handling of the technical topics. Highly recomended, moving, under-rated and under-read book!
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I have to first make a comment about Amazon.com's blurb at the bottom of the image of the book. E. E. Just was not a "complex and unhappy man" so much as a brilliant and passionately-driven scientist.

I have read Manning's book in depth at least three times, and each time I discover some angle I hadn't considered before. It is incredibly rich. There is so much there: scientific drama (Just was a major player on the international scene at a time when biology was undergoing dramatic change, and he challenged some of the biggest names in biology at the time); international intrigue (Just was in Germany during the rise of Nazism and he was in France during the Nazi invasion of that country); racial injustice (he was severely discriminated against as he tried to pursue science at the highest level); and ultimate triumph (he succeeded in making a mark on the history of biology despite the tremendous challenges he faced). Importantly, the reader is able to experience the power of Just's life without interference from the author, because Manning does not make any direct commentary. He just tells what happened; he lets the story, powerful as it is, speak for itself. Although written more than thirty years ago, this book is still highly relevant. Moreover, it is impeccably researched: I do not believe that there is a single shred of information about E. E. Just that is not in this book. This makes it the definitive source for any writing on Just, who we are now beginning to realize was a giant in the history of twentieth century biology.
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This product shipped in great time. The product was better than described. I'm happy with my purchase. I couldn't have asked for a better product, especially of a book that is no longer in print.
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The condition of the book was just as it was advertised. The book sleeve was a little torn, but what matters really is the inside pages and there aren't any marks at all. The good condition of the book will definitely make reading the content for my history class more tolerable, haha. Thanks!
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By C. A. Henderson on August 22, 2013
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This book really goes in depth about the life and times of the Honorable Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Ton's of great information and stories about his life and career. Although, this book was somewhat of a hard read. The font is small and the chapters are very long. Great book.
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