Jim Brown

Jim Brown

The Fierce Life of An American Hero

Book - 2006
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He intimidated people on and off the football field. He was brutal yet brilliant, narcissistic yet magnanimous, relentless yet unyielding. Most of all, he was the greatest football player of all time. He was Jim Brown.

Jim Brown was an astonishing physical specimen with tremendous skills and intelligence. An athlete who played a number of sports at Syracuse University, he ultimately discovered that it was the violence of football that appealed to him most. The idea of physically dominating other men, surviving ferocious battles on the field against opponents who would just as soon call him a nigger as try to gouge out his eyes fueled an astonishing, record-making NFL career that led to the Hall of Fame. He battled his defenses, sometimes his teammates, and often the Cleveland Browns' legendary head coach Paul Brown.

But Jim Brown had ambitions greater than football. He used his athletic brilliance to launch a movie career, becoming Hollywood's first black action hero, culminating in a scandalous love scene with America's sweetheart Raquel Welch. He leveraged his popularity into helping the NFL's black players and becoming a civil rights activist. Never shy about expressing his opinions, Brown would become the subject of FBI investigations and surveillance throughout parts of his life.

Then there were the women. The patient wife who was essentially a single mother and who endured public humiliation. The girlfriends he ran through and the scandalous accusations of violence made by some of them.

A complex and fascinating story, Jim Brown is a towering biography of a living legend.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060776824
006077682X
Branch Call Number: B BROWN JIM
Characteristics: 289 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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He may have laid the foundation to protest racism as an NFL player to where Colin Kaepernick can do the same today. . He used his platform to address the many racial issues between whites and blacks. He ultimately became America's first black action hero.


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Corey G Brooks Jan 22, 2015

This put a story on Cleveland, Ohio's timeline for me, as well as gave me a an idea of what today's society may be doing!

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