"It was 1947 in America... This was the year a young African-American ballplayer with the Brooklyn Dodgers named Jackie Robinson won the inaugural Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award. It was the year Richard Nixon was sworn into the House of Representatives, The year Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, the year Henry Ford died. 1947 was the year the Marshall Plan was launched, Miracle on 34th Street was released, and Hillary Rodham Clinton was born... So was I..."
So begins Rufus Battle's compelling account of an African-American life lived, from a sharecroppers' shack near a Louisiana cotton field, to the shores of the Pacific and beyond. ONE MAN'S BATTLE is a story of struggle and redemption, told with honesty and refreshing candor. Mr. Battle's book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what it means to be Black and American in the 21st century.