The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World

Hardcover | October 4, 2011

byDave Zirin, John Wesley CarlosForeword byCornel West

not yet rated|write a review
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Literary Work Autobiography/BiographySeen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy.The John Carlos Story is his first book.Dave Zirin is the author of four books, includingBad Sports,A People's History of Sports in the United States, andWhat's My Name, Fool? He writes the popular weekly online sports column The Edge of Sports" and is a regular contributor to SportsIllustrated.com,SLAM,Los Angeles Times, andThe Nation, where he is the publication's first sports editor.Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Literary Work Autobiography/BiographySeen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy.The John Carlos Story is his first book.Dave Zirin is the author of four books, includingBad Sports,A People's History of Sports in the United States, andWhat's My Name, Fool? He writes the popular weekly online sports column "The Edge of Sports" and is a regular contributor to SportsIllustrated.com,SLAM,Los Angeles Times, andThe Nation, where he is the publication's first sports editor."

Pricing and Purchase Info

$28.81
$33.95 list price save 15%
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Literary Work Autobiography/BiographySeen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement...

John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze-medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. He...

other books by Dave Zirin

Welcome To The Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise Of Sports
Welcome To The Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promi...

Paperback|Jun 1 2007

$20.91$23.50list pricesave 11%
What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States
What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the Uni...

Kobo ebook|Jul 1 2005

$15.39$19.99list pricesave 23%
see all books by Dave Zirin
Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.21 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:Haymarket BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1608461270

ISBN - 13:9781608461271

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

John Carlos is an American hero. And finally he has written a memoir to tell us his story-and a powerful story it is. I couldn't put this book down." - Michael Moore"Biblically, athletes with superior attributes were seen as gifts from God. Whether it was Samson staring down the Philistines or David slaying Goliath, they and latter-day heroes such as Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, selflessly used their gifts and magnificently magnified platforms to transform society. It is in that tradition that John Carlos, and his teammate Tommie Smith, raised their fists in solidarity with the American civil rights struggle, as well as the struggles ofthose who exist on the downside of advantage. It was a statement for the ages. This act of righteous defiance lifted us all to a new level of dignity and shared responsibility to improve the conditions of the poor the world over... But the price of heroism is high. John Carlos paid and this is his story." - Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr."The John Carlos story is the remarkable chronicle of an epic life sketched against the defining crisis of race in America. Carlos' athletic genius on the field is matched by his heroic will to overcome trials and tribulations in his personal life, and to find resurrection in his professional life. This is an inspiring and eloquent story about a great American whose commitment to truth, justice and democracy were tested and found true." - Michael Eric Dyson"John Carlos' life story is an insightful and gripping look at the times he lived and the Olympics he helped make so memorable. He shows us that the one day that made him famous was only the most outward and visible sign of a touching and thoughtful life." - Frank Deford"The John Carlos Story is a blow by blow detail of triumph vs tragedy from the jump. Again Dave Zirin uncovers, and yet illuminates the mere footnotes of this sports history hero with his impeccable balance of truth. This story drills a hole into the myth of black athlete success and worship." - Chuck D, Public Enemy"In this breathlessly readable tale, John Carlos finally steps out of that iconic photograph to become the vibrant, fascinating hero we never really knew." - Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter, a memoir"John Carlos's story of bravery and sacrifice will warm your heart. But beyond his individual heroism, it speaks to the power of athletes who bodaciously refuse to just "shut up and play." Carlos and Zirin capture the way that through sports, the actions of a few athletes resonate across the globe." - William Hunter, Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association"An intelligent and insightful look into the journey of one of our most underrated heroes. Mr. Carlos' passion for justice and fairness has changed our world. You can feel his passion (and his anger) in every word." - Jemele Hill, ESPN columnist and television analyst"John Carlos tells a compelling story of courage and the consequences of action. He, Tommie Smith and many other Black athletes took a stand against racial injustice in the U.S. and racial injustice in sports. They were ridiculed by many mainstream commentators at the time, but their actions helped to transform both the sports world and this country. This book was by and about someone who has been and remains one of my heroes." - Bill Fletcher, Jr., editorial board member, BlackCommentator.com"History tells us iconic moments in sport are always enveloped in personal stories of sacrifice, courage, and angst. The lasting images that we see occur in a flash contain enriching back stories that are typically even more significant and tragic than the moment itself. John Carlos and Dave Zirin have combined to tell such a story. The moment that two men stood on the world platform to take a stand after they had become the best in the world is rich, complicated but most importantly as relevant today as it was in Mexico City. Dave brings a beautiful and passionate voice of truth to his listeners and achieves the same in this book about a man who became a legend. I am proud to call him my friend." - DeMaurice Smith, Director NFL Players Assiciation"The Nation's sports columnist Dave Zirin combines the passion of the most rabid sports nut with the intellectual rigor of the most learned Hegelian." - Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor, The Nation"Not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sports writer shown the right snarl for the job." - Naomi Klein"