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The Power and the Darkness: The Life of Josh Gibson in the Shadows of the Game

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The first full biography of "the black Babe Ruth", Negro League legend Josh Gibson, this intriguiing portrait pulls no punches in showing the dark side of this great athlete, but is similarly tireless in tracking down his glories. Based on interviews with Gibson's contemporaries, the book also features eight pages of photos from Gibson's son's personal collection.
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Simon & Schuster
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Ribowsky's written a great story of the compelling life of a guy who should be about 15 times as famous as he is. Although the author imputes motives to various peoples' actions that would require mind-reading to know, he did a good job of winnowing out the baseball facts about Josh Gibson from the baseball myths about Josh Gibson. Gibson's tragic yet accomplished life make great subject matter.

There should by rights be many biographies on Gibson, but at least the one I know of is good. It's a m...more
Sep 20, 2013 B rated it 3 of 5 stars
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There are probably two things that a reader of a putative Josh Gibson biography would want to know:

(1) Was he better than Babe Ruth?

(2) What was he like as a person?

The reason a reader wants to know this, of course, is (1) because baseball players are constantly being evaluated against each other and Josh Gibson is often referred to as the "black Babe Ruth" or the best homerun hitter in the Negro Leagues, (2) a biography reader tends to want to know about the person's character, and (3) most Neg...more
I would have given it 4, but the middle seemed to be more of a history of the Negro Leagues than a bio of Josh Gibson.
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Mark Ribowsky is the author of seven books, including the New York Times Notable Book Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball. He lives in Plainview, New York.
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