The John Carlos Story

The John Carlos Story

The Sports Moment That Changed the World

Book - 2011
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Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history. Here, John Carlos tells his own version of the story. Written in collaboration with Dave Zirin, author of the groundbreaking People's History of Sports in the United States (The New Press, 2009 - Turnaround), his eye-opening and immensely readable autobiography finally introduces readers to the man behind the salute.
Publisher: Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781608461271
Branch Call Number: 796.422 C195a 2011
Characteristics: xxi, 193 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Zirin, Dave


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Oct 25, 2011

This book is like having a conversation or listening to an author at a book reading. John Carlos had help writing it but it's very much in Carlos' voice, as if he were talking to friends. He says things like "You can take that to the cleaners" and "goodness gracious" as well as a couple earthier expressions. But he's very endearing and my respect for him is huge. He explains the origin of the black power salute at the Olympics in 1968 and talks eloquently about the negative fallout. It's an easy read but it's a good book. It shows the power of individuals. He encourages us all to stand up for our principles. Don't complain, organize (or at least agitate)!


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