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Tennis star and political activist Ashe's eloquent autobiography was a 10-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
YA-An introspective and poignant book that is well-worth reading. With the help of Langston Hughes's biographer, Ashe has written a very absorbing account of his life. He tells of his mother's death when he was six years old and the strong influence of his loving but demanding father that stood him in good stead when he entered the all-white world of tennis in the 1960s. He recounts his athletic career and the difficulties he experienced on the court with players such as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. But the major portion of the book focuses on the 1980s, during which time he had two heart operations and contracted the AIDS virus via a blood transfusion. Although not a homosexual, Ashe became a sympathetic activist for the gay community. He was very vocal in his last years, speaking out against prejudice towards AIDS victims, racism, apartheid, and U.S. policy towards Haitians wishing to enter this country. This is the inspiring story of a premier athlete and a fine human being who cared passionately about his profession, his family, and the causes he embraced.
Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Up until reading this book all I knew about Arthur Ashe is that he was an African American tennis player that died of AIDS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rasheed
I had tried to read this book many times and heard of Arthur Ashe my whole life. He was a tennis star and my cousins from the inner city always received tennis rackets from parks... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
In this book Arthur touches various areas including the announcement that he had HIV from a transfusion as part of a heart surgery. Read morePublished 3 months ago by indooroopillykid
Compelling...and poignant read, considering it's coming out posthumously.
May Ashe's legacy NEVER be forgotten
What can I say, we lost a great human being as well as a great tennis player too soon! This book is fabulous.Published 14 months ago by Denise Breland