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This collection celebrates the influence of prominent athletes on history and popular culture. Curious readers will explore the unique, dramatic, and inspiring stories of some of the world's greatest athletic superstars. Each book details the life and career of a distinguished athlete, outlining their childhood, their early achievements, their professional setbacks and triumphs, and their ultimate path to stunning success. In addition, these biographies elevate the invaluable contributions these athletes have made to their sport, their communities, and the wider culture as important features of their enduring legacies. Features include: Lists of career highlights summarize important information. In-depth sidebars exploring interesting details about each athlete's life, profiling influential pioneers of the athlete's sport, and providing other information to supplement these compelling biographies. Primary-source excerpts from newspapers and magazines give context to the figure's life and times, the prevailing social and cultural norms, the state of the game before the profiled figure's entry, and how the athlete may have introduced innovation or "upped" the game. High-concept presentation promotes critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of the people and the cultural and socioeconomic climate in which they lived.