On the Shoulders of Giants by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar audiobook

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , with Raymond Obstfeld
Read by Richard Allen

Tantor Audio 9781416534891

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200143023

  • ISBN: 9798200143016

  • ISBN: 9798200143030

Runtime: 10.72 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

From 1920 to 1940, the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African Americans all over the country. The unapologetic writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, the fervent fiction and poetry of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, the groundbreaking art of Aaron Douglas and William H. Johnson, and the triumphant music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong gave voice and expression to the thoughts and emotions that Jim Crow segregation laws had long sought to stifle. In On the Shoulders of Giants, indomitable basketball star and bestselling author and historian Kareem Abdul-Jabbar invites readers on an extraordinarily personal journey back to his birthplace, through one of the greatest political, cultural, literary, and artistic movements in our history, revealing the tremendous impact the Harlem Renaissance had on both American culture and his own life. Beginning with the rise of the Harlem Rens as pioneers of professional basketball, Kareem traces the many streams of historical influence that converged to create the man he is today—the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a veritable African American icon. Travel deep into the soul of the Renaissance—to the night clubs, restaurants, basketball games, and fabulous parties that have made footprints in Harlem's history. Meet the athletes, jazz musicians, comedians, actors, politicians, entrepreneurs, and writers who not only inspired Kareem's rise to greatness but an entire nation's. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in the midst of a cultural reawakening, carried on the shoulders of athletes trying to prove there was a lot more at stake than a ball game, men and women who made music that could break your heart, and writers and intellectuals who gave voice to not just the ideals of a movement but the raw emotions. Kareem tells what it took to get these revolutionaries to Harlem and how they changed the world. A world that is still riding on the shoulders of giants.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Richard Allen's voice has both gravitas and a conversational quality.... Allen's voice also reflects the love Abdul-Jabbar has for his subject. AudioFile
“A thoroughly accessible and engaging mix of memoir and cultural history.” Booklist (starred review)
“Basketball fans will most enjoy Abdul-Jabbar’s chronicle of Harlem’s basketball team…Abdul-Jabbar’s passion for history, literature, and jazz, however, prove just as fundamental to the legendary Laker’s journey, and this accessible, passionate account presents each ‘giant’ as a vital part of Abdul-Jabbar’s development and rise to fame.” Publishers Weekly
“Richard Allen’s voice has both gravitas and a conversational quality…Allen’s voice also reflects the love Abdul-Jabbar has for his subject.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Author Bio: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor and basketball coach and has authored six books for adults and three for children, including What Color Is My World?, which won the NAACP award for Best Children’s Book. In 2012, he was selected as a US cultural ambassador, and in 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service.

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Author Bio: Raymond Obstfeld

Author Bio: Raymond Obstfeld

Raymond Obstfeld is an associate professor of English at Orange Coast College and the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including studies of the Italian Renaissance, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Moby-Dick.

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Details

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English