The Olympic gold medal-winning track athlete best remembered for raising his black-gloved right fist while on the medal winner´s podium at the 1968 Olympics discusses what the gesture meant to him and its lasting impact on his life as an educator and coach. Reprint.
Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith: Tommie Smith, David Steele
At the 1968 Olympics, Tommie Smith came in first in the 200-meter dash. As they received their medals, he and bronze winner John Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist, creating an indelible image of courage and protest that still resonates 40 years later. In this, his autobiography, Smith fills out the story of that moment - how it came to be and where it led him - and paints a vivid picture of the long, painful backlash that came with his fame, and his fate, all of which was rapped up in his ´´silent gesture´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derrick Hardin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015486/bk_acx0_015486_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Silent Gesture:The Autobiography of Tommie Smith Tommie Smith, David Steele
It starts with a telegram. MGM wires young Lucille LeSueur to tell her that she´s been placed under contract at a princely $75 a week, and is expected to report immediately to Hollywood, California. A fresh-faced 17-year-old with big eyes and an air of elegance, she would go on to become one of the greatest stars in Hollywood history: the fabulous Joan Crawford. Through four marriages, countless cocktail parties and more than 100 appearances in film and television, Joan lived the life of a legend from the first day she stepped onto the back lot. After becoming famous in the silent era, by 1938 she was dubbed ´´Box Office Poison,´´ and her career was considered over - but Crawford never quit. Over the next 40 years, she clawed her way back to the top, and in this engaging autobiography, she tells her story - her way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083153/bk_acx0_083153_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Davison Rockefeller was an American oil industry business magnate, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time and the richest person in modern history.Rockefeller was born into a large family in upstate New York and was shaped by his con man father and religious mother. His family moved several times before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. Rockefeller became an assistant bookkeeper at the age of 16 and went into a business partnership with Maurice B. Clark and his brothers at 20.After buying them out, he and his brother William founded Rockefeller & Andrews with Samuel Andrews. Instead of drilling for oil, they concentrated on oil refining. In 1867, Henry Flagler entered the partnership. The Rockefeller, Andrews & Flagler company grew by taking-over local refineries. Rockefeller formally founded his most famous company, the Standard Oil Company, Inc., in 1870 as an Ohio partnership with William, Flagler, Andrews, Jabez A. Bostwick, and a silent partner, Stephen V. Harkness. He ran it until 1897. As kerosene and gasoline grew in importance, Rockefeller´s wealth soared, and he became the richest person in the country, controlling 90 percent of all oil in the United States at his peak. Oil was used throughout the country as a light source, until the introduction of electricity, and as a fuel after the invention of the automobile. Furthermore, Rockefeller gained enormous influence over the railroad industry, which transported his oil around the country. Standard Oil was the first great business trust in the United States. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry, and along with other key contemporary industrialists such as steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, defined the structure of modern philanthropy.This autobiography details John D. Rockefeller and his rise to success and is narrated remarkably by Kevin Theis. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122819/bk_acx0_122819_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An inside look into D12 member Swifty McVay´s life, from childhood to D12 and his solo career. The Seventh Star is a deeply personal, unflinching, and unapologetic memoir that sheds light on an intense childhood spent on Detroit´s notorious West 7 Mile, the pivotal role that the area´s hip-hop scene played, and the rise to national prominence Swifty McVay and his peers experienced after the massive mainstream success of the group D12. Ondre Moore, better known by his stage name Swift - or Swifty McVay - speaks plainly here, telling the inside story of how the members of D12 met and how their relationships have evolved throughout the years. He describes D12´s close connection and initially mixed reaction to a then little-known rapper, Marshall Mathers III, better known as Eminem. But Swifty also details the significant struggles each of them overcame in their personal and professional lives - including the bleak and brutal deaths of group members Bugz and Proof - as they rose through the ranks in the demanding world of rap. Finding anchors in sobriety and spirituality, Swifty continues to challenge himself creatively as he releases solo albums and tours today. The Seventh Star is the unique story of an artist finding his voice in America´s heartland, succinctly and intimately told by a creative powerhouse in the world of hip-hop. The Seventh Star also includes a seven-track EP that reflects on the life of Swifty McVay. The EP has artist features from Obie Trice, MRX SX, Lil David Ruffin,Tristan Lee, and Maestro, and production from JustChillBeat, Silent Riot, MRK SX, and DameGrease. The Seventh Star project was executive produced by LaBront ´´LB´´ Askew. 1. Star Is Born feat. Lil David Ruffin & Tristan Lee Produced by JustChillBeat 2. HipHop (State of Mind) Produced by JustChillBeat 3. Fast Life Produced by Dame Grease 4. Thinking 1. Language: English. Narrator: Swifty McVay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004508/bk_hach_004508_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.