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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Book Review

I finally got my hands on Silent Gesture, Tommie Smith's autobiography. I passed along the media plugs when it first came out.

It's not what you'd call a snappy read. There's a lot of repetition, and it's more a collection of topical chapters than an ever-advancing narrative. It assumes the reader knows quite a bit about the events in question, and spends remarkably little time covering Smith's sprinting exploits.

Final judgement: A good book, but not an entertaining one. Only for the hard-core fan or the college student looking to get sports into his ethnic studies paper. Better to borrow than buy.