Burlingame,Jeff. Jesse Owens.
Enslow 2011 128p 31.93 978-0-7660-3497-6
ms/hs Sports-biography, Owens, Jesse VG-BNS African American Biographies(Enslow)*#7
Another excellent addition to the series of biographies of famous African-Americans, this book chronicles the personal and professional life of Jesse Owens, the African-American superstar sprinter and long jumper.
Born in Alabama, Owens and his family moved to Cleveland as part of the “Great Migration” of the African Americans from the South in search of a better life. An exceptional athlete in both high school and college, his sports career reached its peak at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. His life after the Olympics was very difficult as most of his financial offers were simply publicity stunts.
This book offers a fascinating look at Owens. The information is well organized and presented in a lively and entertaining manner. Each section is supported by quotations from contemporary writings and other primary source material and is enhanced by excellent black-and-white photographs and illustrations. There are additional sidebars located in the each chapter that add to the information presented in the text. The book contains an index, a chronology, chapter notes and a list for further reading. Ogintz, Susan