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Always on My Own: My Life on the Street By James Long, William Siebenschuh
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James Long is part of a fast-disappearing generation of black men whose childhood and formative years were spent in the world of Jim Crow and who lived to see the success of Jim Brown. He started... More > with nothing and ended up living the kind of life people make movies about. He lived for years in the worlds of violence, big money, and crime, and in this account he tells it like he saw it. Born in rural poverty 1925, he grew up on the streets of Detroit during the depression. He escaped a troubled childhood by becoming a paratrooper in an elite black unit in WWII, and then a professional and semi-pro football player, later moving to Cleveland where he became an enforcer for the black numbers rackets, and a celebrity bodyguard for Harold Robbins. He did security work for Carl Stokes and briefly for Frank Sinatra, and for fourteen years served as bodyguard and muscle for Reuben Sturman, the porn king of Cleveland. His account of what he saw, what he remembers, is historically invaluable.< Less