To this day, he is the only black man to win singles titles at Wimbledon, the U. All of it--the man, the life, the book--is rare and beautiful. He speaks little of his tennis achievements and accomplishments, little time reviewing his rise to glory, or the accompanying praise. Sports fans, in particular tennis fans will enjoy the behind the scenes revelations of the tennis champions of his era. He achieved success in a notoriously white, upper-crust sport despite having been unable to play on many of the courts where he grew up, in heavily segregated Virginia.
The jacket is also new: intact , including excellent color and design. It is an autobiography on Arthur Ashe which is so well written. He achieved success in a notoriously white, upper-crust sport despite having been unable to play on many of the courts where he grew up, in heavily segregated Virginia. His outlook on life is really interesting. Any person, black or white, who refuses to surrender himself or herself to racism is bound to know that feeling intimately.
Arthur Ashe was one of the foremost and memorable sports legends of my youth and was a trailblazer in what had been an exclusive country-club sport. Profile in Courage Days of Grace: A Memoir. He is very articulate in his thoughts and I could feel myself walking in his shoes. As his memoir unfolds one can't help but be inspired by his example of courage, discipline and responsibility. Whether being more emotionally labile is truly of benefit on the court seems open to debate, but at any rate, Ashe remained a somewhat enigmatic, enormously respected figure.
This book is about Arthur Ashe, and his journey to find a cure, and the countdown to his death. This book was recommended to me by Jenn Swapp and I really enjoyed it. Affirmative action tends to undermine the spirit of individual initiative. His life is about personal gratification and little else. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Arthur was a true man of grace and his life story in the worlds of sports and political awareness makes great reading.
This book has been a favorite of mine since the first time I read it in college, and it never fails to challenge and inspire me. He tells what took place when he confided his condition to his wife and to a few close friends and colleagues. He addresses straightforwardly the subject of sexual promiscuity in the world of professional sport and the controversies over educational standards for college athletes. He particularly focused on encouraging student athletes to put effort into their studies, and to end the practice of allowing student athletes a pass. His first jolt came when, with few exceptions, he received student essays that were incoherent, ungrammatical, and lacking in logic.
Days of Grace is the title, and 'grace' refers to the way Ashe played tennis, and more importantly, how he lived. He was a special human being, a world class tennis player and a devoted husband and father. Many knew him as a great tennis champion, but the book reveals the man, a father, a husband, a social activist, a religious spiritual being. I was unprepared for the fascinating view into his life. If you are not completely happy, we will refund your money immediately. Practically, affirmative action is probably necessary. In criticizing the entitlement mentality, Ashe does not limit his discussion to its effects on the sons and daughters of the well-off.
But the emotional 'oomph' behind the narrative of a man writing to a family he knew that he'd soon leave behind gets lost in many of the pages. He was always a class act, always reserved, always professional, politically active without being shrill--he simply seemed to be better balanced and more grounded than most of those he competed against. Of all the athletes with personal narratives worth being told, Arthur Ashe's has got to be among the most compelling - his life struck me as full of mind-boggling contradictions. The world is a worse off place without him in it. Ashe is particularly harsh in his assessment of the Black Power philosophy, which he identifies as the source of a ruinous decline in political morality.
A Wimbledon champion, he had his first heart attack at the age of 36. He tells what took place when he confided his condition to his wife and to a few close friends and colleagues. The last chapter, his last letter to his daughter, who was six when he died, is very thoughtful and admirable. The world is a worse off place without him in it. Augustine Days of Grace: A Memoir is the most moving, honest and soul-baring memoir of a sports figure that I've read. The final chapter is a letter to his daughter, and it's quite beautiful and moving.