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The legend of Jesse Owens
Nuwer, Hank.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1998]

Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Explores the personal life, athletic accomplishments, and career of Jesse Owens.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.7 7.0 1784.
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GV697.O9 N88 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV697.O9 N88 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games, Jesse Owens was not only a remarkable athlete but also a father and husband, a once-reluctant civil rights advocate, and a man who overcame poverty and adversity in his drive to succeed.

Author Notes

Hank Nuwer, Hank Nuwer is best known for his writing on hazing as a social problem and lectures at colleges. He worked as a freelance journalist for NYT Sunday Magazine, Harper's, and Outside.

He has authored books on subjects that include hazing and steroids, but he has also written books in the children's category. Some of those titles include: "Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking" (1999), "High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs" (1999), and "The Legend of Jesse Owens" (1998).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Although Owens was the grandson of slaves and the youngest child of destitute Alabama sharecroppers, he shared his mother's enthusiasm for life and optimism for success. Ignoring his life-threatening, frail constitution and the corrosive racism of his small southern community, young Jesse latched onto mentors whose confidence in his potential made him the gold medal hero of the 1936 Olympics. Under the subtly profound guidance of his junior-high coach, Owens developed an unwavering faith in himself and a belief in the fairness of the world that not even public ridicule from such divergent agitators as Adolf Hitler and Malcolm X could destroy. This densely detailed biography occasionally sags under the weight of redundancy, but it shows obvious reverence for Owens and the dignity with which he faced his tribulations. In addition, through Owens' example, it offers readers a clear and inspiring picture of how one man overcame his racist enemies by simply being true to himself. Source notes; further reading. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-The legendary track-and-field star is the subject of this well-balanced biography. From meager beginnings to international fame, though not fortune, Owens is presented as a talented, hard-working athlete with both good and bad personal traits. As he lived through some dynamic times, readers will be exposed to some of the social history of the black migration north, segregation, the racial overtones of World War II, and the civil rights movement. Nineteen black-and-white photographs of various sizes and quality appear throughout the 15 chapters. Source notes, an extensive list for further reading, and an index are appended. Meatier than Wayne Coffey's Jesse Owens (Blackbirch, 1992; o.p.), Nuwer's book will serve libraries that are in need of a biography of this gifted athlete whose influence extended far afield.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.