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245 pages, Paperback
First published March 23, 1989
“Shorn of all human rights, man reverts back to the animal.”
“To stay alive it is first necessary to die a little.”
“I learned that there were only two kinds of patient: the sick, who always died, and the injured, who sometimes also got sick.”
“In this clinic death is the usual cure that is available to patients.”
Watching the tall, graceful negro accelerate down the track, making a mockery of crackpot theories of Aryan superiority, I thought that Owens was nothing so much as a Man, for whom other men were simply a painful embarrassment. To run like that was the meaning of the earth, and if ever there was a master-race, it was certainly not going to exclude someone like Jesse Owens. His victory drew a tremendous cheer from the German crowd, and I found it comforting that the only race they were shouting about was the one they had just seen. Perhaps, I thought, Germany did not want to go to war after all ... of the leaders of the Third Reich there was no sign.