Jim Brown by Mike Freeman
The Fierce Life of an American Hero

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He intimidated people on and off the football field. He was brutal yet brilliant, narcissistic yet magnanimous, relentless yet unyielding. Most of all, he was the greatest football player of all time. He was Jim Brown.

Jim Brown was an astonishing physical specimen with tremendous skills and intelligence. An athlete who played a number of sports at Syracuse University, he ultimately discovered that it was the violence of football that appealed to him most. The idea of physically dominating other men, surviving ferocious battles on the field against opponents who would just as soon call him a nigger as try to gouge out his eyes fueled an astonishing, record-making NFL career that led to the Hall of Fame. He battled his defenses, sometimes his teammates, and often the Cleveland Browns' legendary head coach Paul Brown.

But Jim Brown had ambitions greater than football. He used his athletic brilliance to launch a movie career, becoming Hollywood's first black action hero, culminating in a scandalous love scene with America's sweetheart Raquel Welch. He leveraged his popularity into helping the NFL's black players and becoming a civil rights activist. Never shy about expressing his opinions, Brown would become the subject of FBI investigations and surveillance throughout parts of his life.

Then there were the women. The patient wife who was essentially a single mother and who endured public humiliation. The girlfriends he ran through and the scandalous accusations of violence made by some of them.

A complex and fascinating story, Jim Brown is a towering biography of a living legend.


About Mike Freeman

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MIKE FREEMAN is a national NFL writer for CBSSports.com. Before that, he was an NFL writer and investigative reporter for the New York Times, a columnist for the Florida Times-Union, and a sports reporter, features writer, and investigative writer for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Dallas Morning News. In all, Freeman has covered professional football for over two decades. He has twice been named honorable mention in the Best American Sports Writing series and is one of only a handful of writers to have multiple top-ten finishes in one year in the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest. This is his sixth book. He lives in New Jersey.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In the context of today's world of sports-commercialization, bloated salaries and superstar athlete egos-the newest from sports writer and author Freeman (Bloody Sundays) is not just a definitive biography of pioneering African-American athlete Jim Brown, arguably the best football player ever, b...

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Freeman regards Brown’s outbursts, his violence against women, his assault of a defenseless automobile, and his failure to acknowledge responsibility in a paternity suit until many years after the suit was filed as “flaws” in an otherwise outstanding character.

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