*Includes Owens' quotes about his life and career
*Includes accounts of the 1936 Olympics
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents
“Although I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either.” – Jesse Owens
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
The Olympics have long been the center of attention in the sports world, but perhaps no moment in the history of the games was as poignant as Jesse Owens’ performance in Berlin in 1936. Owens would finish his career with 4 gold medals and become known as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history" (as his obituary in the New York Times put it), but nearly 80 years later, it’s the context that has made his performance so memorable.