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Days of Grace: A Memoir Hardcover – Jul 1993


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T); 6th Printing edition (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679423966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679423966
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Kerr on 26 Dec 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I collect tennis players' biographies, but this was a different category altogether and a complete privilege to read. This decent, educated man shares his philosophical insights on race, AIDS, politics and spirituality. Too bad he never lived to see the presidency of Barack Obama, who I'm sure would have been inspired by this book. It's a shame he's no longer around to mentor the Williams sisters or Tiger Woods. This is an inspirational book by a truly exceptional human being. I have just finished reading it and it's wonderful that the reforms he hoped for in American health care have just been brought to fruit by President Obama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran Tom on 11 April 2014
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A thoroughly honorable man and proper sportsman of integrity.
There are fabulous and touching words on the final page said
to his daughter which will have every reader sobbing but
leaving them hopeful.
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I was a fan of Ashe in his playing days but midway through I found this rather sanctimonious and pretentious, especially after reading his diary of a year on the tennis circuits with all its high and fast life
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A MAN OF DIGNITY AND GRACE 15 Sep 2000
By Dorothy Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I met this gentleman briefly. We were travelling on "Southern Airlines" between Atlanta and Birmingham. Both the man and the airline are gone. He was gracious, a man of dignity. As his memoir unfolds one can't help but be inspired by his example of courage, discipline and responsibility. 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. It is a poignant testament to a beautiful being. He died of aids contracted through a blood transfusion. Most touching is his letter to his daughter, in which he says," Don't be angry with me if I am not there in person, alive and well, when you need me......... whereever I am when you feel sick at heart and weary of ife, or when you stumble and fall and don't know if you can get up again, think of me. I will be watching and smiling and cheering you on." This is a man who mastered his destiny. The book contains beautiful photos shared by his wife, a gifted photographer. The book is a remarkable legacy to his family and to all who recognize greatness. Excellent and enjoyable reading.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Simply Beautiful 20 Oct 2001
By Matthew Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
`Days of Grace' is possibly the most moving biography, if not book, I have ever read, by a man whose courage, determination and decency towards fellow man have left me in awe.
The book contains moments of humour, of deep sadness and of joy, and throughout there is a vein of truthfulness that is unparalleled in anything I have ever read. The experiences that Ashe had in his life were so many and so varied, from the highs of winning three Grand Slam's to falling ill to heart disease and AIDS. His relationships with his parents, his wife and daughter, tennis players including Connors and McEnroe, and with his peers in segregated Virginia are all explored thoughtfully and with careful reflection.
In short, Ashe's book offers an account of his life, his beliefs and his final thoughts on the world and his life. Ashe triumphed in sport to become wealthy and well known, but suffered from racial prejudice as a child and terrible diseases as an adult. Yet not once did wealth change his outlook or basic lifestyle nor did he give up in the face of racism or death. Instead Ashe took another path, the noble path - he showed deep respect and understanding towards his fellow man, he used his wealth and his disease to help thousands of others and he never lost site of the moral lessons he had learned as child.
`Days of Grace' is a remarkable book from Arthur Ashe, an extraordinary man.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
very Powerful 6 Feb 2000
By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Arthur Ashe was a class act period.the same can be said of his wife as well.the Brother was very Intelligent and well-spoken and a great tennis player by the way.the thing that really stood out in this book to me was the fact when he said that he could deal with AIDS better than Racism.after reading that part in the book you have to wonder has this country come far at all? MR.Ashe was a well off Man and he was still dealing with Racists views and what not.this is a Man of Strength&Courage.he stood for something.he always gave a 100% in everything he did.this book is very uplifting.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very moving work. It will change and inspire you. 19 Oct 1999
By Lancelot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was difficult for me to get over the sadness of this work. I wanted to contact his family to offer my condolences for the loss of a man I didn't really know. He was much more than his stoic public image, as the book indicates. I agonized over the final pages, actually his final days, but was left with a profound sense of peace and hope. I hope his loved ones are well...A stirring, human slice of literature and a glimpse at one man's painful physical, but at the same time spiritual, odyssey. It made me think and changed me. A great work which should be required reading in our schools.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest books and authors I have read. 14 Nov 1998
By ahaven@bright.net - Published on Amazon.com
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Arthur Ashe wrote what most people should feel. Days of Grace is an excellent book by a very moral and courageous author. His views on race, religion, education, politics, arts, sports and life are very thoughtful and intelligent. Although he writes of so many debated issues such as affirmative action it is hard to disagree wtih a word he writes. I wish there were more books like this and indeed, more people like Arthur Ashe
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