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A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of Americas greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPNs TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of Americas most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by the team at ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com.  From visionaries to entrepreneurs, athletes to activists, the Fierce 44 are beacons of brilliance, perseverance, and excellence. Each short biography is accompanied by a compelling portrait by Robert Ball, whose bright, graphic art pops off the page. Bringing household names like Serena Williams and Harriet Tubman together with lesser-known but highly deserving figures such as Robert Abbott and Dr. Charles Drew, this collection is a celebration of all that African Americans have achieved, despite everything they have had to overcome.


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A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of Americas greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPNs TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of Americas most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by the team at ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com.  From visionaries to entrepreneurs, athletes to activists, the Fierce 44 are beacons of brilliance, perseverance, and excellence. Each short biography is accompanied by a compelling portrait by Robert Ball, whose bright, graphic art pops off the page. Bringing household names like Serena Williams and Harriet Tubman together with lesser-known but highly deserving figures such as Robert Abbott and Dr. Charles Drew, this collection is a celebration of all that African Americans have achieved, despite everything they have had to overcome.

30 review for The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I am very impressed with the range of "dreamers and doers, noisy geniuses and quiet innovators, record breakers and symbols of pride and aspiration" depicted in this beautifully illustrated collection of one-page biographies. What's not to love about a book that invites you to learn about Alvin Ailey, Michael Jordan, and Ida B. Wells in one volume? I especially liked how the portraits are accompanied by one-liners describing the importance of the subject - this helps young readers connect the I am very impressed with the range of "dreamers and doers, noisy geniuses and quiet innovators, record breakers and symbols of pride and aspiration" depicted in this beautifully illustrated collection of one-page biographies. What's not to love about a book that invites you to learn about Alvin Ailey, Michael Jordan, and Ida B. Wells in one volume? I especially liked how the portraits are accompanied by one-liners describing the importance of the subject - this helps young readers connect the biographies to what they see in daily life. Sidney Poitier: "because he ushered in the modern black leading man," Zora Neale Hurston: "because she inspired pride in southern black culture"; Jay-Z: "because he's the greatest man in hip-hop" (is this debatable??) The Fierce 44 is an accessible, engaging introduction to influential African Americans; I recommend it to readers in the 3rd grade-and-up crowd and look forward to sharing it with kids in my library.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    The Fierce 44 is a collective biography of 44 prominent Black Americans who have made an impression- who shook up the world, in the words of the staff of The Undefeated at ESPN. The 28 men and 16 women represent varied fields in music, art, literature, the sciences, athletics, entertainment, and prominent historical figures. Each one page mini biography is accompanied by a modern full color portrait that adds immensely to the up-to-date feel of the book. The portrait has a single sentence The Fierce 44 is a collective biography of 44 prominent Black Americans who have made an impression- who shook up the world, in the words of the staff of The Undefeated at ESPN. The 28 men and 16 women represent varied fields in music, art, literature, the sciences, athletics, entertainment, and prominent historical figures. Each one page mini biography is accompanied by a modern full color portrait that adds immensely to the up-to-date feel of the book. The portrait has a single sentence explaining why the person is included and after the name of each person their activities and birth and death years are listed. The descriptions of each person summarizes the aspects of their life that made them remarkable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Klein

    This is a quick, but very informational book about many African Americans and their influence in America. Of course, there were the common ones such as Barrack Obama, Jimmy Hendrix and Martin Luther King, Jr., but there were many others I enjoyed hearing about as well such as Katherine Johnson and Dr. Charles Drew. Even though it is a kids book, I think it's a great reminder of people in history as well as a lesson on some that many adults would enjoy as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tina Beecham

    A great book of 44 influential African Americans throughout history. The book was well illustrated by Robert Ball. He did a great job. The book gave a short summary of each persons contributions to civil rights, politics, music, literature, dance, or sports. Every young kid needs this book on their selves.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book gives a very brief biography of 44 black Americans who shaped the world. I am not the target audience for this book, more middle grade and possibly young adults. Personally, I give it 2.5 stars and raise it to 3 stars for Goodreads.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nichole Thornton

    Quick little bios on 44 African Americans that changed the world. Loved the art, too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie M.

    This book packs so much interesting information into such so few pages. I loved it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    Very insightful and educational...brief snippets of history that involved Black Americans. A great read and a must have!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin Richards

    Quick one page celebrations of 44 different Black Americans who changed history. My hope is it will inspire kids and adults to want to read more about all these great people.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I know about most of these (or don't care to know, about the sports figures), but was glad to learn about a couple of notable Black Americans that I'd never heard of, before.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex Richey

    AudioFile Review! LitHub Article and Podcast link! A very quick listen! This book is great at giving a brief bio on some of the most important Black Americans in history, while leaving enough curiosity that it leaves me wanting more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine

  13. 4 out of 5

    Skye

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rodolpho Soares

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renee Brown

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ard

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eleven

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lhisa Mrklon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eric R.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daryl

  23. 4 out of 5

    Xenos

  24. 4 out of 5

    John

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karros

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tshepo Ramodisa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Trew

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Gibbons

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hammer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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