Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We Are The Ship by Kadir Nelson

 Nelson, K. (2008). We are the ship. NY: Hyperion

We Are the Ship is a collection of stories and history of the Negro League in baseball. The stories are varied in complexity and experience. The reader is able to relive the hardships of Negro baseball players of that era. It was a difficult life that these men lived but they were pioneers and activists without ever intending to be.

Kadir Nelson is the author of We Are The Ship The Story of Negro League Baseball. He is a very highly regarded artist and author. He has won many awards with his illustrations and with books he has authored himself. He is critically acclaimed for his non-fiction work. He has a complete bibliography, filmography and several pages of end notes. He gave many first hand accounts of baseball players of that era. His illustrations are very accurate from the pictures that I have seen of these baseball players. It is clear that he did a lot of research and preparation before writing this book. He did a great job of staying neutral and simply telling the story without trying to influence the reader. 

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