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The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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"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 the remarkable chronicle of an epic life sketched against the defining crisis of race in America. Carlos' athletic genius on the field is matched by his heroic will to overcome trials and tribulations in his personal life, and to find resurrection in his professional life. This is an inspiring and eloquent story about a great American whose commitment to truth, justice and democracy were tested and found true."
--Michael Eric Dyson
"John Carlos' life story is an insightful and gripping look at the times he lived and the Olympics he helped make so memorable. He shows us that the one day that made him famous was only the most outward and visible sign of a touching and thoughtful life."
"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
"In this breathlessly readable tale, John Carlos finally steps out of that iconic photograph to become the vibrant, fascinating hero we never really knew."
--Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter, a memoir
"John Carlos's story of bravery and sacrifice will warm your heart. But beyond his individual heroism, it speaks to the power of athletes who bodaciously refuse to just "shut up and play." Carlos and Zirin capture the way that through sports, the actions of a few athletes resonate across the globe."
--William Hunter, Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association
"An intelligent and insightful look into the journey of one of our most underrated heroes. Mr. Carlos' passion for justice and fairness has changed our world. You can feel his passion (and his anger) in every word."
--Jemele Hill, ESPN columnist and television analyst
"John Carlos tells a compelling story of courage and the consequences of action. He, Tommie Smith and many other Black athletes took a stand against racial injustice in the U.S. and racial injustice in sports. They were ridiculed by many mainstream commentators at the time, but their actions helped to transform both the sports world and this country. This book was by and about someone who has been and remains one of my heroes."
--Bill Fletcher, Jr., editorial board member, BlackCommentator.com
"History tells us iconic moments in sport are always enveloped in personal stories of sacrifice, courage, and angst. The lasting images that we see occur in a flash contain enriching back stories that are typically even more significant and tragic than the moment itself. John Carlos and Dave Zirin have combined to tell such a story. The moment that two men stood on the world platform to take a stand after they had become the best in the world is rich, complicated but most importantly as relevant today as it was in Mexico City. Dave brings a beautiful and passionate voice of truth to his listeners and achieves the same in this book about a man who became a legend. I am proud to call him my friend."
--DeMaurice Smith, Director NFL Players Assiciation
"The Nation's sports columnist Dave Zirin combines the passion of the most rabid sports nut with the intellectual rigor of the most learned Hegelian."
-- Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor, The Nation
"Not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sports writer shown the right snarl for the job."
-- Naomi Klein
About the Author
Dave Zirin is the author of four books, including Bad Sports, A Peoples' History of Sports in the United States, What’s My Name Fool! and Welcome to the Terrordome. He writes the popular weekly online sports column The Edge of Sports” (edgeofsports.com) and is a regular contributor to SI.com, SLAM, the Los Angeles Times, and The Nation where he is the publication's first Sports Editor. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.
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Top Customer Reviews
Okay just chalk that up to your grandpa telling stories. The rest is a great story about the hipocracy of the Olympics and how track and field didn't pay anything until recent years. And it has a happy ending.
I'm going to buy the poster; shame on Amazon not having the most iconic image in sports history posted with this book description.
As a follow up might I suggest a the 90 min Australian-produced documentary "Salute"
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Finally! The story behind the iconic photo of the 1968 Olympics. It's so funny because for years I've seen that photo but known so little about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rasheed
Carlos' accomplishments on the track gave him the opportunity to do something he believed was right. Applause for that. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Handyman Dan
this was a class assignment which everyone receive books. I enjoyed the story.Published 18 months ago by shaneanc
The John Carols Story not only provides insight to one of the greatest moments in sports history but it is told with John Carols' gentle humor, which is enchanting. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Lois
A very easy and good read. I learned many things I did not know about the 68 Olympics. Mr. Carlos is a very fascinating man from his youth in Harlem to his days after the Olympics. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by A. Welch
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)... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Patrick Collins
I love reading about African-American History that wasn't taught in the schools. You find out that African-Americans contributed a lot to America but was never talked about or... Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by William G. Tweedy, Jr