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Great Time Coming: The Life Of Jackie Robinson From Baseball to Birmingham Paperback – Feb 6 1996

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Before Albany, Georgia, became a civil rights flashpoint in the early 1960s, it was simply a small southern city, segregated as any other, but special in the sense that it was (and had been since its founding over 130 years before) a gateway to the lower part of the state. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good biography, warts and all Jan. 8 2001
By Howard Wexler - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Robinson Fans, This Is A Must! June 18 2000
By Frank Murphy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
A Great Man... A Great Book June 3 2014
By Toby Martin II (aka R. Howe) - Published on
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!