Bog, hardback Ten Stars af Kendal Weaver

Ten Stars

- The African American Journey of Gary: Marine General, Diplomat, Businessman, and Politician

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Ten Stars is a nonfiction narrative -- part biography, part oral history -- that tells the life story of Gary Cooper, an African American born in the depths of Jim Crow to an Alabama family challenging the rule of segregation. The Cooper family, described in sidebars at points through... Læs mere

Ten Stars is a nonfiction narrative -- part biography, part oral history -- that tells the life story of Gary Cooper, an African American born in the ... Læs mere

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07-02-2017
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Ten Stars is a nonfiction narrative -- part biography, part oral history -- that tells the life story of Gary Cooper, an African American born in the depths of Jim Crow to an Alabama family challenging the rule of segregation. The Cooper family, described in sidebars at points throughout the book, is one that, despite personal tragedies, would in time make a national mark in politics, arts, education and health care, as well as in the military.

But the backbone of the narrative, told in part through Gary's own words, part through interviews with scores of his friends and colleagues, is his rise from the "Down the Bay" neighborhood of segregated Mobile to set multiple milestones in America's long struggle with race. He becomes in 1958 a Notre Dame graduate who is one of three blacks in a class of 1,500, a Marine who is the Corps' only black captain in Vietnam when he arrives in 1966 and later becomes the Corps' first black general from Infantry, a state legislator and Alabama Cabinet official, an Air Force civilian four-star who promotes the Tuskegee Airmen, and the first black U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica.

The title, Ten Stars, has a subtitle, "The African American Journey of Gary Cooper: The African American Journey of Gary Cooper?Marine General, Diplomat, Businessman, and Politician." The "Ten Stars" alludes to the stars he won in his military service and diplomatic careers. But they also refer to his outstanding achievements in life. Ten Stars is his inspiring life story.

Ten Stars is a natural selection for African American history shelves and likely will have its most significant readership among those with interests in that field. But through Gary Cooper's long and inspirational role as a Marine who commanded a rifle company in combat in Vietnam and fought over decades for the advancement of black Marine officers as a two-star general, it has a ready readership among those with military interests, too.

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