- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 4, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1412064988
- ISBN-13: 978-1412064989
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective Paperback – July 6, 2006
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This book also points out some inconsistencies with a couple of other Sam Cooke bios out there. That was really great. Who would know, better than family?
This is a must for every Sam Cooke fan out there. You owe it to yourself to get an inside look, from the people who knew and loved him best.
This novel raises legitimate questions about Mr. Cooke's death that I believe ought to be looked at and it saddened me that the details of his death have just been overlooked. Like Dorothy Dandridge, he star burned so bright for such a short time and his departure was tragic. Clearly the world, especially his family, still miss him.
I purchased this book shortly after it was published and immediately started reading it with great anticipation and excitement while at the same time there was a place in my heart full of dread because I knew that with each page that I turned, I was getting closer and closer to the chapter about Sam's death.
"Our Uncle Sam" is the story of Sam Cooke as a son, father, brother, uncle, husband. It is also a story about Sam Cooke, the man. We can see how Sam lived and what were his dreams and goals and what he held most dearly to his heart. We can also understand why all his life Sam Cooke strove for his right to be the sole owner of his "Personhood" as a man and as an artist.
The author makes it easy for us to comprehend why Sam was the first Black musician to openly refuse to perform to segregated audiences, why he was the first to stop straightening his hair, and why he could no longer tolerate "blacks only" entrances/exits or "whites only" establishments. It is also not difficult to understand why Sam Cooke had to be murdered and why the so called "official version" of his murder has as much substance as a child's balloon--one tiny little prick, and Puff! no more balloon.
"Our Uncle Sam" does not answer all the questions about Sam Cooke but the ones that the author answers, he does so accurately. I think that many readers, like I did, will find out for the first time the true nature of Sam's business relationships and the details of how and by whom Sam's family and his children were swindled out of his vast business holdings.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a huge Sam Cooke fan! It's great to see a family give their viewpoint on their love one! Great book, and the best Sam Cooke thus far!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My family is a fan of Sam Cooke and I couldn't wait to read about how this beautiful person became the famous singer , loved by ALL
Especially Southern Folks - Savannah... Read more
I've always wondered what the Sam Cook family thought about the circumstances of his tragic death. This book helped. The author inscribed my copy and I am very grateful.Published 13 months ago by Jo
It's a awesome book about an amazing man, who was taken from the world much too soon — and it's from a rare perspective: that of his family, not some random biographer or... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John
More than WONDERFUL, Mr. Greene even autographed the book for me. This is a glimpse of TV he person, the man, and a great compassionate soul. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James A. Walker
OUTSTANDING BOOK. I WAS A VERY SMALL CHILD WHEN SAM DIED. HOWEVER, HE DIED WAY DOWN THE STREET FROM A CHURCH THAT I ATTENDED ( AND STILL ATTEND) MOST OF MY LIFE. Read morePublished 19 months ago by DEE Montague
the book is great and it was great reading about this great man Sam Cooke. It was sad to read about his untimely death.Published 22 months ago by Bonita R Lucas