With his third book, Frank Murphy must be counted with the most perceptive observers of the sport. The literary quality of much writing about track and field is repetitious and cold, but Murphy elevates the competition from the banal to the lyrical....It is Evans, the athletic force, that Murphy captures in The Last Protest. --Cross-Country Journal
This is the story of all-time 400 great Lee Evans and his quest for gold in Mexico City amidst the political and social upheaval of the late '60s. Frank Murphy is one of the best sociohistorians of our sport and his telling of the Lee Evans tale brings the era and the quest of an indomitable athlete to life once again... A book that will inspire and enlighten you. --Track and Field News
Heroes and villains stride through Murphy's story, but better still, there are people captured in time, making choices without certainty as to their impact, only as to the justness of their cause. The race sequences alone are worth the price of the book. Murphy writes with a novelist's voice, drawing you along with Evans as he runs through the duties he accepts and the distractions he endures. --Courier Times
From the Publisher
As the Olympic year 1968 opened, Lee Evans was the top 400-meter man in the world, and an early favorite for a gold medal in his event.
But that was before the Olympic Project for Human Rights, before the proposed boycott of the games by America's black athletes, before the building pressure settled on Lee Evans and San Jose State University teammmate Tommmie Smith; before Smith won his own gold medal at 200-meters and before Smith and John Carlos struck their clenched, gloved fists into the Mexico City evening air. Lee Evans was favorite before the world fell in on him.
That Evans thereafter won an Olympic gold medal is part of the story; that he set a world record for 400-meters that would endure for two decades is another part of the story.
The entire story is deeper still; it is the man himself, an American hero at high noon.