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  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857865862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857865861
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.6 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A gorgeous account of the large life of a Harlem boy' -- The New York Times

'It isn't just the story of man, but the story of a country and a century' -- Variety

'A potent memoir of our times' -- Library Journal

'Somewhere amid the accounts of when he became the first artist to sell a million copies of an album, the first black leading actor to romance a white leading actress in a major Hollywood film, and the man who was asked to pick out the clothes that Martin Luther King would be buried in, you realize just how extraordinary Harry Belafonte's life has been . . . Not only a capitaving memoir of his own story but an intriguing look at US history from the late '40s the present' --Boston Globe

'Long before he became a cultural icon, Harry Belafonte learned to fight injustice wherever he saw it - a principle which has driven him ever since. This rich memoir chronicles a life of activism alongside some of history's greatest heroes and sheds new light on moments that shaped our nation. Through it all, Harry exudes the same passion and candour I've experienced in our friendship and conversation over the years' -- President Bill Clinton

'Carries us liltingly along with his song that the best times always lie ahead as long as we take care of each other' --Publishers Weeklybr >
'Bracingly opinionated autobiography from an American original' --Kirkus

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Harry Belafonte's 1956 album Calypso made him the first artist in history to sell more than one million LPs. He has won both a Tony award and an Emmy, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has served a a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He currently reside in New York City with his wife, Pamela.

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By P. Gardner on 24 Oct. 2014
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I read this some time ago and was impressed by the way it was written. It's very shocking to know how bad life was for black people in my life-time and also sad to know some people are still so ignorant and intolerant.
I think this book should be required reading for all schoolchildren.
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The book is a superb production in every way- Harry Belafonte stands in the same league as the great Paul Robeson and the great Martin Luther King.
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By Catherine on 14 Feb. 2013
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Fascinating detail, very thorough, what an era what a man for background to politics and race this will do well
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By PINGRAM on 20 Jan. 2014
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Bought as a Christmas present for my mother, together with the CD of his greatest hits - she loved it
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