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Among our most celebrated and notorious Americans, these monsters are the corrupt, greedy, power-mad, and vicious betrayers of the dreams of fair play and equal opportunity, the practitioners of a catalog of anti-democratic vice: from anti-Semitism and union-busing to racism and murder.

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American Rebels is an anthology of specially commissioned essays by leading American writers on individuals who reconciled authentic patriotism with original artistic creation, unpopular opinion, and real moral principles. It includes rebels in politics, education, journalism, religion, literature, film, sports, music, law, popular culture, and social struggle, all of whom struggled against conformity, commercialism, racism, oligarchy, conventional wisdom, stacked decks, and sacred cows.         

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rfk book

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To acclaimed reporter Jack Newfield, who worked closely with him during his last years, RFK was a human being far different from the myths that surrounded his name. "Part of him was soldier, priest, radical, and football coach. But he was none of these. He was a politician. His enemies said he was consumed with selfish ambition, a ruthless opportunist exploiting his brother’s legend. But he was too passionate and too vulnerable ever to be the cool and confident operator his brother was." In this haunting and memorable portrait we see what kind of man died when Robert Kennedy was shot. And what kind of leader America lost.

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"Veteran New York journalist Newfield (Somebody's Gotta Tell It, etc.) gets right to the point, his lead sentence declaring Rudy Giuliani 'a C-plus mayor... who has become an A-plus myth' since September 11. Rather than defining the mayor by his last few months in City Hall, Newfield insists 'we should see him the way he was on September 10' and expands on an article published in the Nation in 2001 to depict the underside of Giuliani's eight years in power." --Publisher's Weekly

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A new, updated edition of the best-selling biography of America's boxing mogul, the source for the Emmy-winning movie Don King: Only in America. When Jack Newfield's unauthorized biography of Don King first appeared in 1995 it was hailed as one of the most important pieces of sports journalism of the decade. The HBO movie based on the book continues to be a television favorite. Now, for the first time, The Life and Crimes of Don King is available in paperback. Jack Newfield has provided a new introduction and an extensive epilogue--"The Shame of Boxing in America"--for this new edition.

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New York Post writer Newfield's life story could easily seem like a cliche: a blue-collar boy grows up in Dodgers-era Brooklyn, attends public school and the tuition-free City University, rallies with civil rights heroes in the 1960s and '70s and slugs his way up the ladder to become a reporter who works for everyman. --Publisher's Weekly

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