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GREAT TIME COMING: The Life Of Jackie Robinson From Baseball to Birmingham Hardcover – February 15, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

Far more than a sports book, this is an in-depth portrait of an individual of admirable simplicity and forthrightness, as well as a great athlete. Born in Georgia but raised in Southern California, Robinson was a gifted athlete in many sports in high school and junior college and while at UCLA. It was his intensity and fury, born partly from discrimination, that made him a fighter. Those same qualities got him in trouble as a lieutenant in the segregated U.S. Army during WWII, but brought him success at last when he broke the color line in major league baseball. His spectacular career on the diamond is well known, but Falkner (The Last Yankee) goes beyond his subject's sporting career to detail what happened to Robinson from the time he left the Dodgers in 1957 until his death in 1972. He relates how Robinson devoted himself to the goal of integration with equal rights for all, while around him swirled struggles by the NAACP, the Black Panthers and the Republican and Democratic parties to ally themselves with Robinson, the legend and the symbol, and while diabetes wracked his body. A comprehensive account. Photos not seen by PW.
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Falkner (The Last Yankee, S. & S., 1992) has crafted an excellent biography of one of the most historically important sports figures of modern times. Although Great Time Coming doesn't supersede Jules Tygiel's classic Baseball's Great Experiment (1983), it is a solid offering and one of this season's best. For most collections.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (February 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671793365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671793364
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,028,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Howard Wexler on January 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book greatly and learned a lot about this complex man.
Growing up in Brooklyn, I heard many stories about Jackie Robinson. All of them praised his courage and admired what he went through. But nobody ever thought of him as a saint, he was a complex character with many rough edges.
Most of what has been written about him has deified him incorrectly. The author makes it very clear early in the book that he wanted to show Robinson as "warts and all". And he succeeds, Robinson comes across as a complex human being.
Two things to note regarding the research done on this book. The author refers often to other biographies, especially when they disagree on various points. He then gives his account of the given point, a very good procedure.
The author also notes that he was not given any access to the "official" Jackie Robinson archives and that Jackie's widow and her minions refused to cooperate in any way shape or form with this book as well as trying to discourage others. All I can say about that is how petty those actions are.
I especially liked the depth in which the author discussed Robinson's post-baseball life, especially in the political arena. Robinson supported several prominent Republican politicians, such as Rockefeller and Nixon and took a lot of heat for his views. The author did a wonderful job in this area.
Great job by the author is separating man and myth.
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Format: Hardcover
David Falkner's "Great Time Coming" is an excellent biography of the man who broke the unwritten major league policy that our national pastime was for 'white players' only. With Branch Rickey as his mentor, Jackie Robinson, on April 15, 1947, because the first of his race to play baseball in the big leagues. Playing for the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson soon demonstrated that he was an accomplished ballplayer--winning the first-ever "Rookie of the Year" award; and then, just two years later, this exceptional man won the National League's batting title and the coveted Most Valuable Player award. While this aspect of Robinson's life, which ended tragically at age 53, is best known, author Falkner portrays him--not just for his ability in sports--but the man who worked diligently in the civil rights movements. He was a true family man, and one who was highly regarded by presidents, and other dignitaries in our country, and around the world. This biography is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I'm a big Jackie Robinson fan and this book taught me things I never understood or knew! Great reading. Great insights into the life of a true pioneer! BUY IT!
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