Arthur Ashe: A Life

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Simon and Schuster, 20 aug. 2019 - 784 pagina's
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

A “thoroughly captivating biography” (The San Francisco Chronicle) of American icon Arthur Ashe—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis—a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Arthur Ashe was one of the state’s most talented black tennis players. He became the first African American to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA singles championship. In 1968, he rose to a number one national ranking. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world’s most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring in 1980, he served four years as the US Davis Cup captain and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

In this “deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle” (The New York Times Book Review), Raymond Arsenault chronicles Ashe’s rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. But from 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, Ashe died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship.

Based on prodigious research, including more than one hundred interviews, Arthur Ashe puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect, and “will serve as the standard work on Ashe for some time” (Library Journal, starred review).

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Gebruikersrecensie  - cherybear - LibraryThing

A long and comprehensive of Arthur Ashe's life, on and off the court. I thought I knew a lot about him; I didn't. I thought he won many more championships over more years than he did. So perhaps I ... Volledige review lezen

Arthur Ashe: A Life

Gebruikersrecensie  - Publishers Weekly

The first black superstar in men’s tennis makes a significant mark off the court in this inspiring but staid biography. Historian Arsenault (Freedom Riders) follows Ashe’s career through epochal ... Volledige review lezen

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PROLOGUE
1
Under the Dominion
5
Playing in the Shadows
19
Dr J and the Lynchburg Boys
34
The Only Raisin in a Rice Pudding
51
The Gateway
66
The Golden Land
83
Traveling Man
111
King Arthur
387
Affairs of the Heart
411
Coming Back
433
Off the Court
446
Captain Ashe
467
Blood Lines
493
Hard Road to Glory
515
Days of Grace
542

From Dixie to Down Under
139
Advantage Ashe
160
Openings
194
Mr Cool
228
Racket Man
257
Doubling Down
278
Risky Business
295
South Africa
320
Pros and Cons
347
Wimbledon 1975
371
Final Set
574
Shadows End
606
Acknowledgments
631
Arthur Ashes Tennis Statistics
641
Note on Archival Sources and Interviews
647
Notes
653
Photo Credits
725
Index
727
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2019)

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. One of the nation’s leading civil rights historians, he is the author of several acclaimed and prize-winning books, including Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice and The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America.

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