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Summary

Super Bowl Champion and two-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor. One of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, he is also a fearless activist, grassroots philanthropist, and organizer. Bennett, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, has gained international recognition for his public support for the Black Lives Matter movement and women's rights. Bennett donates all his endorsement money and half of the proceeds from his jersey sales to fund health and education projects for poor underserved youth and minority communities, and has recently expanded his reach globally to provide STEM programming in Africa.

Dave Zirin has been called the "finest, most important writer on sports and politics in America", by Dr. Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at the Harvard Divinity School. He is sports editor for The Nation and author of several titles for Haymarket Books, including his critically acclaimed book The John Carlos Story, written with 1968 Olympian John Carlos.

©2018 Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Great insight into the real Michael Bennett

Amazing book, Helped me to understand Michael Bennett the man and how his upbringing and relationship with his wife shaped the man he is today.

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  • Mickey
  • 26-04-18

Loved it from the very beginning

This book was Excellent all the way through. Inspiring and very informative. This should be a must read for everyone of each race.

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  • Cynthia
  • 29-04-18

Forward-Thinking Consciousness In Being Human ❤

Informed me that their are others provoking the same ideas and taking action to make peoples lives better. Throughout listening to this book had me pondering a major question...What is the fear from White America that believes in oppressing those who are non-White? The preamble of the United States, this country's most pre-imminent living document states..."We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare....These are powerful words meant for all. Not some, but all Americans born or accepted as citizens under the symbol of our American flag. It is simple. Just Do it!

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  • Alana
  • 24-04-18

very moving and funny

Michael Bennett gives a very funny, raw and real review of his life before and during football. Not only does he really examine life as a black boy in the South but as an activist and a man in the NFL

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  • cory
  • 12-04-18

awsome

great book. I'm going to suggest it to my son and friends. I really enjoyed it

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  • Sergio Morning
  • 19-01-19

Anger to Love, Love to Love

I can't relate to his experience, but listening to this book brings the experience to you. It started off with an angry tone, then the writing matured and grew as you listened. The emotion of this book is intense and the intellect of the writing is nurtured. Very well written. Thank you. Sergio Morning

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-19

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All Men are created equal. All lives matter. I am from a military family. All Men/Women should work together much better. I agree with the author about the importance of forgiveness.

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  • Calvin
  • 17-01-19

Love it! <br />Great<br />Awesome!

The whole book was excellent. I have nothing but respect for Michael Bennett as a man and professional football player. This is a book you must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-19

"Don't Judge A Book By It's (Cover) Name"

By the title of this book, my preconceived ideas of what the topic was going to explore was completely challenged in the most amazing way. I was throughly enlightened by the books in-depth explanation of a world, I can honestly say, I know nothing about. And how could I, it is, by all means, a male dominated industry. So, my experiences of the world of professional American Football, was limited to Monday night or Sunday afternoon with Denver Broncos. I appreciate the informative education that Michael Bennett had the courage to unfold before the world.

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  • Darrell Murphy
  • 08-11-18

I understand

As a black man in America I completely understand where Michael was coming from with his experiences. I love this book and would recommend it to all. Hopefully it could get through to some of the privileged.

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  • Francis Tennyson Pitsch
  • 30-10-18

Must listen, football fan or otherwise

I haven’t had a book surprise me in a while. Truly wonderful, having watched him play for so long I never thought he could be so thoughtful. Sneaky profound