No Way But This: In Search Of Paul Robeson by Jeff SparrowNo Way But This: In Search Of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow

No Way But This: In Search Of Paul Robeson

byJeff Sparrow

Paperback | January 19, 2018

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Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.Paul Robeson was a prize-winning scholar and the greatest footballer of his era, even before he ascended to global superstardom as a singer, Hollywood actor, and activist. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson stunned audiences with 'Ol'apos; Man River'apos; andOthello, as his passion for social justice led him from Jazz Age Harlem to the mining towns of Wales, from the frontiers of the Spanish Civil War to Stalin'apos;s Russia.Charismatic, eloquent, and handsome, he had everything - and then lost it all for the sake of his principles.Jeff Sparrow traces Robeson'apos;s troubled life and stellar career, in a story that traverses the arc of the twentieth century and illuminates the fissures of today'apos;s fractured world. From Black Lives Matter to Putin'apos;s United Russia, Sparrow visits the places Robeson lived and worked, exploring race in America, freedom in Moscow, and the legacies of communism and fascism in Europe.Part travelogue, part biography, this is a tale of political ardour, heritage, and trauma - a luminous portrait of a remarkable man, and an urgent reflection on the crises that define us now.
Jeff Sparrow is an Australian writer, editor, and broadcaster. He writes a fortnightly column forThe Guardian, and contributes regularly to many other Australian and international publications.
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Title:No Way But This: In Search Of Paul RobesonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:January 19, 2018Publisher:Scribe PublicationsLanguage:English

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Robeson's character, art, principled politics and legacy of extraordinary courage all come vividly to life inNo Way But This. There are many worthy books about the life of Paul Robeson, but this is one not to be missed.''Both moving and illuminating ... It is timely that in an era when there are more African-American men in jail or on parole in the United States than there were men in bondage at the height of slavery and when the Black Lives Matter movement is gathering momentum that there is a book to remind us about this astonishing individual and the political climate in which he used his popular voice to highlight systemic inequality.''Part journalist, part historian, Jeff Sparrow writes with loving discernment about a remarkable man and the forces that shaped his unmistakable voice. [This is] a gripping story of courage and commitment, told by one of our finest chroniclers of the human capacity for tenderness amid the squalor. Sparrow takes us on a global journey, revealing that beyond an old man and a river, there lies a deep valley of hatred and hope, sadness and solidarity.''A thoughtful, sensitive and respectful examination of the life and work of Paul Robeson ... More than the biography of one remarkable man, the book is a testament to Robeson's conviction that despite it all, there was no way but to struggle for a better world.''This is an inspiring biography of a really remarkable human being.''An illuminating look at the life of a frankly remarkable man.'FIVE BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ THIS MONTH'With sensitive inquisition; fierce curiosity; razor-sharp observation; crisp, engaging prose; and a fondness and respect for his subject that fairly sings, Sparrow once again proves himself one of the finest nonfiction writers we have.''Paul Robeson was truly a giant of a man, in physical stature, courage, intellect, and creative endeavour. With this intimate and engaging portrait, we are able to gain an invaluable insight into a major political and artistic talent of the twentieth century. Ours is a time requiring inspiration, affiliation, and solidarity. Paul Robeson surely provides the inspiration we desperately need.''Brilliantly told by Jeff Sparrow, Paul Robeson's story is compelling and important.No Way But This is a challenge to history and a reminder of what unites us.''Written with an exhilarating combination of insight and passion ... A necessary book. A social movement that calls itself Black Lives Matter" exists because those lives are being treated as if they don't. Sparrow knows that when he writes of the past, "If you believed in nothing, you'd fall for anything," he is also writing about now.''A great book about a fascinating man. Read it and be inspired!''Remarkable ... It revives Robeson as a model of integrity and bravery - someone who, despite the precarity of his social position, risked his life and career for the ideas of workers' rights, black liberation, anti-colonialism and international socialism. As Robeson's story unfolds, the ghosts of past struggles unite with those who fight for political emancipation around the world today. By naming and connecting these diverse groups, Sparrow opens a space for a new public to be formed. Robeson, with his integrity, struggles and flaws, provides a powerful model for the kinds of political action we so desperately need.''An entertaining, informative and important book.''Urgent and compelling ... A mix of essay, journalism, history and biography [that is] engaging, original and insightful ... Fascinating, instructive and full of astute observations on race and politics,In Search of Paul Robeson will appeal to readers passionate about social justice and the history of 20th-century political movements.''The book gripped me. I read excerpts to The Spouse over breakfast; I neglected the ironing, forgot to water the vegetable patch ... Now that's a book well worth reading!''a splendid account of this fabulous figure ... This is an intriguing life, beautifully realised by a fine writer, and should be widely read and appreciated.''Sparrow's lively portrait should restore a little of the fame the great man deserves.''Told sensitively and often movingly by a writer awake to the nuances of the political and social contexts in which Robeson moved, this is a story that reverberates today, full of tragedy but also exhilaration and promise. It is the story we need to hear.''An amazing story I didn't even know I didn't know. Jeff pulls us through the grubby terrain of race, Jesus, prison, and fascism.'"