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The Final Installment of my Review of "The John Carlos Story" May Be Beyond My Capabilities.

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This book is so extraordinary I doubt my ability to review it satisfactorily, at least prior to the beginning of the 2012 Olympics in London. However, the recent spate on television of the usual Olympics Advertising prompted me to submit this piece to OpEdNews.

The John Carlos Story was authored by John Carlos himself, with an Introduction by Professor Cornel West and a Preface by Dave Zirin. There follow individual pictures of Doctor West and Dave Zirin, followed by a recent picture of John Carlos and, finally, the picture spoken of in the book and widely characterized as the most important picture of sports protest in the 20th century:

Cornel West (2008), by Wikipedia

Dave Zirin (2012), by Wikipedia

John Carlos in 2011, by Wikipedia

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Tommie Smith (c.) and John Carlos (r.), by Wikipedia

Howsoever, I reviewed the book for a couple of weeks ago, and there follows that review, verbatim. You can access the book's name at Amazon, and I recommend that you do, then buy the book and read it: it's a perfect gem of sports autobiography:

"Growing up in Harlem, John Carlos knew both Fred Astair, from his performances outside the Cotton Club, and Malcolm X, from his presences in Harlem's other streets. He was dyslexic, and the greatest American black athlete of the 20th century. He was NYC to the bone, but really experienced the depths of American racism in East Texas, after not becoming an Olympic swimmer because racism prevented him from practicing in NYC area pools. He played pro football for the Eagles after being ostracized by white America in the 1960's and continuously afterwards, tore all the ligaments in his knee making a cutback on the then-still-new Astro-turf, and afterwards was a cripple for life. He loved kids and as far as I can tell started the presently flourishing activity of enormously talented athletes sponsoring underprivileged kids' programs. And, of course, he and Tommie Jones raised their gloved fists in the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, as pictured on the book's cover.

There's an excellent Forward to the book by Professor Cornel West, and an excellent Preface to it by Dave Zirin.

I've been checking The John Carlos Story in and out of libraries for months, trying to write a review of it within light-years of the review it deserves. But I can't. It's just too good."

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)

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