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ISBN-13: 978-0736067508 ISBN-10: 0736067507 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736067507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736067508
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"""Souled Out? "is absolutely must reading for anyone sincerely interested in developments at the interface of race, sport and society. In this regard, the book clearly portrays where we are as a society and where we are headed as a nation relative to these issues."" Harry Edwards, PhDSports Sociologist, Professor EmeritusDepartment of SociologyUniversity of California Berkeley """Souled Out? "is a joy to read. Shaun Powell is the right man at the right time on the right topicrace, sport, and society."" Rick TelanderColumnist, "Chicago Sun-Times"Author, "Heaven Is A Playground" ""Here is what you get with Shaun Powell: thoughtful, considerate, provocative, original commentary." Souled Out? "is classic Shaun Powell. He tells us where we came from, where we are today and where we are headed in his unique, straightforward dare I say so' way."" Jerry ReeseGeneral Manager, New York Giants ""Shaun has a way of reaching parts of your brain that previously went untapped. You read" Souled Out? "and you will see."" Terence MooreColumnist, "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" ""Shaun Powell speaks the truth about how people felt on pivotal topics -- but didn't want to say themselves. This book will get you to think."" Curtis SymondsChief Operating Officer, Washington MysticsFormer executive at Black Entertainment Television (BET)

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"Souled Out? is absolutely must reading for anyone sincerely interested in developments at the interface of race, sport and society. In this regard, the book clearly portrays where we are as a society and where we are headed as a nation relative to these issues."

Harry Edwards, PhD
Sports Sociologist, Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology
University of California Berkeley


"Souled Out? is a joy to read. Shaun Powell is the right man at the right time on the right topic—race, sport, and society."

Rick Telander
Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Author, Heaven Is A Playground


"Here is what you get with Shaun Powell: thoughtful, considerate, provocative, original commentary. Souled Out? is classic Shaun Powell. He tells us where we came from, where we are today and where we are headed in his unique, straightforward ‘dare I say so' way."

Jerry Reese
General Manager, New York Giants


"Shaun has a way of reaching parts of your brain that previously went untapped. You read Souled Out? and you will see."

Terence Moore
Columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


"Shaun Powell speaks the truth about how people felt on pivotal topics -- but didn't want to say themselves. This book will get you to think."

Curtis Symonds
Chief Operating Officer, Washington Mystics
Former executive at Black Entertainment Television (BET)


More About the Author

Shaun Powell is a staff writer for Sports on Earth, covering the NBA and other sports. He brings more than 25 years of experience and has worked for a variety of newspaper, broadcast and digital outlets.
Prior to joining Sports on Earth, Powell was a writer for NBA.com for two years, and, before then, worked as a general sports columnist at Newsday for 15 years. He also covered the NBA for the Miami Herald from 1988-93 after covering a variety of sports for the Dallas Times Herald. He has covered all six of Michael Jordan's championships, all but one of Derek Jeter's championships, 12 NBA Finals, eight Super Bowls, seven Masters tournaments, six Olympic Games (Summer and Winter), six U.S. Open tennis and golf tournaments, four Final Fours, Wimbledon, the British Open and the Stanley Cup, among other events.

He once served as president of the Pro Basketball Writers Association, and he won three Associated Press Sports Editors contests and a number of other national, regional and local contests.

Powell is the author of "Souled Out," a study of the modern-day black athlete, and has been a regular guest on "Jim Rome Is Burning" and several other TV and radio shows. He earned a journalism degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and attended Gateway High School in his native Pittsburgh. Follow him on Twitter @Powell2daPeople.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Johnson on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading William Rhoden's "Million Dollar Slaves" last year, but it read more like a history lesson than does Shaun Powell's excellent page-turner. While Powell offers some historical perspective on the state of black athletes in America, "Souled Out" is primarily driven by present-day issues. This is a big reason for my enjoying his book so much.

This is an engrossing, thoughtful read by a terrific writer and the book should encourage lively debate around many dinner tables, water coolers, and football tailgates this season. Sports fans of every stripe will find this to be a great read spanning a variety of important issues. I could not put it down! A+
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lloyd on January 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I'm not a sports fan, but I'm aware enough of the world around me to know Muhammad Ali from Howard Cossell. The raised fists on the cover of "Souled Out?" took me straight to the opening pages. I was hooked.

As a white male, how could I put down a book in which the author confesses in the first pages that Tommy Smith's courageously defiant raised fist made him, the author as a young man, want to go out and punch the first white kid he met?

As someone who doesn't follow sports, I can't argue with Powell's thesis, but I can tell you that his argument captivated me. "Souled Out?" opens up and teases out social issues with important and far-reaching implications that go far beyond sports. It remains clear and compelling throughout, even to a non-sports-fan.

I closed "Souled Out?" with a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the challenges facing black atheletes in America.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hoop Star on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Powell provides a thought-provoking look at the modern day black athlete. He points out the shortcomings of big-time athletes and how some athletes have made themselves jesters. At the same time, he also provides future directions for improving the situation of today's athlete in this honest but opinionated book. This is a great read for anyone interested in racial issues. It's the best book that I've read in several years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jeg on March 1, 2009
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just finished the book. i want to echo everything that was said in the other reviews. this is a great and important book that looks beneath the phony glamorous facade of sports. i highly reccomend it to everyone interested in american culture. the book was overwhelmingly compelling to the point that i ripped through it eager to learn as much as possible. the style of writing and content were completely engrossing and full of important analysis and revelations. highly reccomended to anyone sick of the destructive aspects of our sports-road to riches culture who senses that there is so much more really going on in the world of sports. i hope he writes more books soon.
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