Olympian: An American Triumph
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By Craig T. Williams
Hardcover: 260 pages
Publisher: iUniverse.com (October 25, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.8 inches
What must it have been like to be the first African-American Olympic gold medalist? Would the feat have instilled pride in a nation whose history had shown brutality and hate to his race? Could the accomplishment make the whole world stand up and take notice to black athletes in the United States and to their people as a whole? The answers to these questions might be found in the debut novel, "The Olympian."
"…There were people in the crowd who turned their attention to me with such intensity that I felt like one of the "features of the fair," as I was the only Negro wearing an American uniform."
"An ordinary man would find it difficult to be comfortable under such inspection, but in the land I'd come from, I was accustomed to being stared at like a sideshow oddity, examined like a lab specimen, or ignored as though I were invisible. I had crossed the line between the high visibility afforded my athletic talent and the invisibility conferred on me by the color of my own skin. But on this great day, there was no stare that could halt my steps or cause me to lower my eyes. I was here to see this beautiful city and the Great Stadium that loomed ahead."There are passages like the one above that will show readers that Williams is a good writer. It is obvious that he thoroughly researched his work because he manages to capture the essence of the era effortlessly. He evens includes photographs of the protagonist and his teammates, which may cause you to wonder what is fiction and what is fact. That's a great feeling when reading historical fiction.