"He was so close, he could smell them. He didn't want to hurt Hitler. Who would want to hurt Charlie Chaplin? He just wanted to give him a love tap from the Jewish nation." Joshua Sellers and Bobby Gillman have been given the chance of a lifetime. They have made the American Olympic team and are poised to run as Jewish-American athletes in front of Adolf Hitler . The place is Berlin; the time, 1936. An almost certain victory awaits the pair in the 4x100 meters relay. Joshua knows it will make a difference -a victory by Jewish athletes. But what happens to him when he is told on his twenty-first birthday by his own coaches that though he is fit and able, he cannot run in Germany? Racing with irony through the veins of inevitable, bitter, history, brimming with palpable life from the Coney Island shores to the cherry blossomed streets and cabarets of Berlin, Ghost Runners exposes the far-reaching menace of American Anti-Semitism. Whether on a local Berlin train, or at a lavish party at the Air Ministry, Joshua must test his courage against hard truths about the betrayal of an American Dream. Haunted by love for a heroic German-Jewish athlete he left behind, Joshua believes his fate is hers to share, despite the distance or the waning breath of dying memories. What happens to Joshua in the high Southwestern desert? History has passed him by, but wisdom may yet be seen in the hopeful eyes of disabled Native American children. An American always, the hope of the Jewish people becomes a universal anthem for him. A provocative first novel, twenty-five years in the writing, based on real events about the Eleventh Olympiad and the American athletes, Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller, GHOST RUNNERS is historical fiction with an edge. It hopes to generate a dialogue that needs to be had in order to put that sorry chapter of American history to rest.
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.Working in Brownsville as a teacher, I was once robbed of an empty wallet, at knife point, a few blocks from where I was born. It was a rude awakening for me. To think I could have lived and died without knowledge of neither myself, nor my dreams shook me out of the poetic reverie I had cocooned myself in. I guess I decided then that life was a serious venture, and I set out to have a family and developed a single-minded, almost maddening dream. That dream evolved into the novel Ghost Runners, the present 2nd edition, Ghost Runners:An Olympic Dream Betrayed, is the culmination of thirty-five years work about the forgotten Olympian, Sam Stoller, and could not have been completed without my sons,ironically, and without the eagle eyed editing of my second son, Shaya Rubenstein. It took the future I envisioned, a long time ago, to realize my dreams. Ghost Runners, then, is set in both the past and the future.About the Author:
Robert J. Rubenstein is a retired teacher and evaluator of children with special needs. He has had articles, short stories, and two children's books published. A single parent with two sons, he lives near Coney Island and likes to swim and get sand on his feet. He travels frequently to the Southwest and likes being a minority among the Native-Americans. GHOST RUNNERS, historical fiction about two Jewish runners not allowed to compete in the 1936 Olympics, has been both his passion and his haunting for the past thirty years.
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Descrizione libro All Things That Matter Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Codice libro della libreria G0984621652I3N10
Descrizione libro All Things That Matter Press, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria P020984621652