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Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait
In 1947 Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking down baseball's traditional colour-bar and changing the face of the game for ever. This biography, by his widow, is extensively illustrated.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by ABRAMS
(first published September 1996)
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A very good book, perhaps for some it will not highlight anything unknown in the Jackie Robinson life story, but for those that haven't read anything on him this is an excellent start. It is a candid look at his life shared by Rachel Robinson, through the highs and lows, a very near fatal low with the death of their son Jackie Robinson in 1971. There are quite a few photographs that make up the book as a whole which could be said takes away a lot of the written material. But they highlight a lot ...more
Emotionally, I loved it. Historically, it was fascinating, especially the photographs. It was infuriating reading about the treatment of African Americans as second-class citizens and worse. And of course, there's nothing like reading about your hero uncle and aunt firsthand, two of the good guys mentioned in the book. A personal thank you to Rachel Robinson for remembering them so fondly.