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Roberts, Randy 1951-

Works: 85 works in 342 publications in 1 language and 18,676 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Trials, litigation, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Other, Contributor, Narrator
Classifications: DS558, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Randy Roberts
Where the domino fell : America and Vietnam, 1945 to 1990 by James Stuart Olson( Book )

50 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 1,740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Where the domino fell recounts the history of American involvement in Vietnam from the end of World War II to the present, clarifying the political aims, military strategy, and social and economic factors that contributed to the participants' actions"--Publisher's description
John Wayne : American by Randy Roberts( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of beloved actor and American John Wayne
A line in the sand : the Alamo in blood and memory by Randy Roberts( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors of the bestselling "John Wayne: American" offer a groundbreaking retelling of the most legendary battle in American history and a rich exploration of a great American myth. Of photos. In late February and early March of 1836, the Mexican Army under the command of General Antonio L pez de Santa Anna besieged a small force of Anglo and Tejano rebels at a mission known as the Alamo. The defenders of the Alamo were in an impossible situation. They knew very little of the events taking place outside the mission walls. They did not have much of an understanding of Santa Anna or of his government in Mexico City. They sent out contradictory messages, they received contradictory communications, they moved blindly and planned in the dark. And in the dark early morning of March 6, they died. In that brief, confusing, and deadly encounter, one of America's most potent symbols was born. The story of the last stand at the Alamo grew from a Texas rallying cry, to a national slogan, to a phenomenon of popular culture and presidential politics. Yet it has been a hotly contested symbol from the first. Questions remain about what really happened: Did William Travis really draw a line in the sand? Did Davy Crockett die fighting, surrounded by the bodies of two dozen of the enemy? And what of the participants' motives and purposes? Were the Texans justified in their rebellion? Were they sincere patriots making a last stand for freedom and liberty, or were they a ragtag collection of greedy men-on-the-make, washed-up politicians, and backwoods bullies, Americans bent on extending American slavery into a foreign land? The full story of the Alamo -- from the weeks and months that led up to the fateful encounter to the movies and speeches that continue to remember it today -- is a quintessential story of America's past and a fascinating window into our collective memory. In A Line in the Sand, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and James Olson use a wealth of archival sources, including the diary of Jos Enrique de la Pe a, along with important and little-used Mexican documents, to retell the story of the Alamo for a new generation of Americans. They explain what happened from the perspective of all parties, not just Anglo and Mexican soldiers, but also Tejano allies and bystanders. They delve anew into the mysteries of Crockett's final hours and Travis's famous rhetoric. Finally, they show how preservationists, television and movie producers, historians, and politicians have become the Alamo's major interpreters. Walt Disney, John Wayne, and scores of journalists and cultural critics have used the Alamo to contest the very meaning of America, and thereby helped us all to "remember the Alamo."
Joe Louis : hard times man by Randy Roberts( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joe Louis defended his heavyweight boxing title an astonishing 25 times and reigned as world champion for more than 11 years. He received more column inches of newspaper coverage in the 1930s than FDR did. His racially and politically charged victory over Max Schmeling in 1938 made Louis a national hero. But as important as his record was, what he meant to African Americans at a time when the boxing ring was the only venue where black and white could meet on equal terms, was the embodiment of their hopes for dignity and equality. Through meticulous research and first-hand interviews, acclaimed historian and biographer Roberts presents Louis, and his impact on sport and country, in a way never before accomplished. The author reveals an athlete whose image was carefully managed, and whose relationships with both the black and white communities--including his ties to mobsters--were far more complex than the simplistic accounts of heroism and victimization that have dominated previous biographies. -- Book Jacket
Winning is the only thing : sports in America since 1945 by Randy Roberts( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes a hard look at the dark side of American sports
Papa Jack : Jack Johnson and the era of white hopes by Randy Roberts( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Jack Johnson defeated white heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries in 1910, it was America's notions of racial superiority that staggered under his blows. Amid riots and lynchings, the search began for the Great White Hope who could put the "uppity" new champion in his place. Here is the startling true story of the most famous-and most hated-black American of his day. "Papa Jack" takes us into a violent and sordid world. It is an astonishing tale of black defiance-and white retribution-set against the dramatic canvas of sports and spectacle in Jim Crow America."--Back cover
Jack Dempsey, the Manassa mauler by Randy Roberts( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Jack Dempsey, Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1919-1926
My Lai : a brief history with documents by James Stuart Olson( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"America never fully recovered from or forgot the grim day in 1968 when the soldiers of Charlie Company killed almost four hundred Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. Introducing readers to the most controversial event of the Vietnam War, this brief history examines the massacre and its cover-up and discusses the ramifications that the ensuing investigation had for the public, policymakers, and the antiwar movement. Eight topical chapters reprint 68 primary documents - drawn mainly from testimony and reports of General Peers's inquiry into the incident - to chronicle the events leading up to, during, and after the massacre. An introductory essay places the carnage within the larger context of the war and considers the issues of culpability and human rights it engendered. Photographs, a glossary, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, maps, and an index are also included to make this book a fascinating resource."--Jacket
Rising tide : Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's last quarter by Randy Roberts( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how Joe Namath and Bear Bryant led the Crimson Tide to an Orange Bowl championship in 1965, amidst bloody fights in the civil rights movement and a pair of ethics scandals, to change football's culture and economics
Heavy justice : the State of Indiana v. Michael G. Tyson by J. Gregory Garrison( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heavy Justice is the inside story of one of the great courtroom battles of our time, told by the prosecutor in the case, the man who put "Iron" Mike Tyson behind bars. With all the drama, verve, and procedural detail of a novel by John Grisham or Scott Turow, it is also a highly topical morality play touching on all the issues of sex, race, celebrity, and justice that now so perplex our society. How does a master legal tactician establish beyond a reasonable doubt what happened between two people in a hotel room in the middle of the night, when the conventional wisdom could dismiss the whole affair as a groupie going after a rich and famous man? How does a prosecutor weave through the thicket of "expert" testimony when noted authorities disagree radically even about the meaning of physical evidence? How does he build up, layer upon layer, the detailed psychological profile of each of the players, so that motives and values and states of mind become almost tangible to the jury? And what leads the other side to base their defense on a contention so bizarre as this: that the man accused was such a disgusting human being that no woman in her right mind would have gone to his room expecting anything other than raw sex? When he first heard about the Tyson case, special prosecutor Greg Garrison wanted nothing to do with it. Date rape? Always tough to prove. And one of the few facts already reported was that the young woman making the accusation had been in the defendant's hotel room at 2 o'clock in the morning. This case was dead on arrival. Except that when Desiree Washington told her story, Garrison believed her. So drawing on this simple trust, and inspired by Desiree's courage and conviction, he accepted the challenge of this "unwinnable" case, stepping into the ring against not only Mike Tyson, multimillionaire sports celebrity and hero to millions, and Don King, Tyson's promoter and worldwide multimedia cheerleader, but also the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly, perhaps the slickest and most powerful defense counsel money could buy. The trial, of course, turned into a media circus, ringed by protesters and satellite dishes, conducted amid charges of racism and against a backdrop of death threats, bribery allegations, and a suspicious midnight fire at the hotel where the jury was sequestered. But beyond those salacious facts, beyond the glitter and the Minicams, the real drama took place quietly behind the scenes, where Garrison and his colleagues painstakingly assembled the body of evidence that would persuade the jury to convict Tyson. Heavy Justice brings together the worlds of bigtime sports, low-life sleaze, painstaking police work, and the lofty realms of Harvard's Alan Dershowitz, who appears in the final chapter as a comical deus ex machina determined to overturn the verdict on appeal. And it is Dershowitz's efforts that prompt Garrison's concluding reflections on this case and on the state of American jurisprudence, when trials are conducted as much on "Geraldo" as in courts of law
Hollywood's America : United States history through its films by Steven Mintz( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The introduction to this book traces the history of American film against a backdrop of broader changes in late nineteenth and twentieth-century popular culture. A series of interpretive essays then examines how classic films treated American political, economic, and social life; primary sources that illuminate film history are also included as is an extensive bibliographic guide to the literature on American movies." -- Preface (p. ix)
A team for America : the Army-Navy game that rallied a nation by Randy Roberts( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the greatest stories in American sports history: how the 1944 Army team beat Navy, captured a championship, and inspired a nation at war"--Jacket
The rock, the curse, and the hub : a random history of Boston sports( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub is a collection of original essays about the people and places that lives in the minds and memories of Bostonians and all Americans. From the Boston of the young Bambino and even younger Francis Ouimet to the glories and agonies of 1986 and the struggles to keep the Patriots in town, each chapter focuses on the games and the athletes, but also on which sports have defined Boston and Bostonians. In a city of deep ethnic and class divisions, sports have provided a common ground, an intense shared experience. Pursuing the legend and the lore, these essays celebrate the players, the games, and the arenas that are at the heart of the city of Boston
Before the curse : the Chicago Cubs' glory years, 1870-1945 by Randy Roberts( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945 brings to life the early history of the much beloved and often heartbreaking Chicago Cubs. Originally called the Chicago White Stockings, the team immediately established itself as a powerhouse, winning the newly formed National Base Ball League's inaugural pennant in 1876, repeating the feat in 1880 and 1881, and commanding the league in the decades to come. The legendary days of the Cubs are recaptured here in more than two dozen vintage newspaper accounts and historical essays on the teams and the fans who loved them. The great games, pennant races, and series are all here, including the 1906 World Series between the Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Of course, Before the Curse remembers the hall-of-fame players--Grover Cleveland Alexander, Gabby Hartnett, Roger Hornsby, Dizzy Dean--who delighted Cubs fans with their play on the field and their antics elsewhere. Through stimulating introductions to each article, Randy Roberts and Carson Cunningham demonstrate how changes in ownership affected the success of the team, who the teams' major players were both on and off the field, and how regular fans, owners, players, journalists, and Chicagoans of the past talked and wrote about baseball"--
American experiences : readings in American history by Randy Roberts( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"But they can't beat us" : Oscar Robertson and the Crispus Attucks Tigers by Randy Roberts( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Crispus Attucks High School basketball teams of 1955 and 1956 made Indiana basketball history as the first all-black team to win a state championship and then as the first undefeated team ever to win the championship. The story of Oscar Robertson's dedication to the game and of the unforgettable Attucks's teams of the 1950s are told in this inspiring book that brings together race, joy, and achievement during a critical time in Indiana and American history
The road to madness : how the 1973-1974 season transformed college basketball by J. Samuel Walker( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The NCAA men's basketball tournament is one of the iconic events in American sports. In this fast-paced, in-depth account, J. Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts identify the 1973--74 season as pivotal in the making of this now legendary postseason tournament. In an era when only one team per conference could compete, the dramatic defeat of coach John Wooden's UCLA Bruins by the North Carolina State Wolfpack ended a decade of the Bruins' dominance, fueled unprecedented national attention, and prompted the NCAA to expand the tournament field to a wider range of teams. Walker and Roberts provide a richly detailed chronicle of the games that made the season so memorable and uncover the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that set the stage for the celebrated spectacle that now fixes the nation's attention every March"--Dust jacket flap
Hollywood's America : understanding history through film by Steven Mintz( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In our increasingly visual culture, a growing amount of what we learn about history comes from the movies, Popular films both represent and misrepresent the historical past. Hollywood's America offers a succinct, readable history of American film and an engaging exploration of how particular films and stars illuminate particular historical eras. Carefully selected primary sources provide additional insights into the ways that Hollywood films have shaped the public imagination and provide examples of how to interpret classic American films as artifacts of a shifting American culture."--Provided by publisher
One for the thumb : the new Steelers reader by Randy Roberts( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On February 5, 2006, the Pittsburgh Steelers joined the ranks of the elite teams in National Football League history, celebrating their fifth Super Bowl victory. From an unspectacular 7-5 start, to completing the greatest playoff run ever, to the fairy tale ending of Jerome Bettis's Hall of Fame career and the vindication of Bill Cowher's coaching tenure, the 2005 season was not only one for the thumb, but "truly one for the ages." One for the Thumb is a collection of the best writing about the fabled franchise by local and national sportswriters, and former players. It covers the team's history from Art Rooney Sr.'s purchase of the NFL franchise in 1933 for 2,500 to their Super Bowl XL victory. From their frustrating early days as the Pirates, Steagles, and Card-Pitts, through their four Super Bowl wins in the 1970s, to the fateful day in 2004 when they selected Ben Roethlisberger as the eleventh overall pick in the draft, One for the Thumb captures the essence of the team whose identity is forever linked with the spirit of the hardworking, blue-collar city it represents. From immortals Bobby Layne, Ernie Stautner, and John Henry Johnson, to Chuck Noll, Terry Bradshaw, Mean Joe Greene, Rocky Bleier, and Neil O'Donnell, to current greats Troy Polamalu, Jerome Bettis, Ben Roethlisberger, and Bill Cowher, One for the Thumb is the definitive anthology of the Pittsburgh Steelers--a must-read for all fans of the team and the game of football
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John Wayne : American
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Roberts, Randy

Roberts, Randy W. 1951-

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John Wayne : AmericanA line in the sand : the Alamo in blood and memoryJoe Louis : hard times manPapa Jack : Jack Johnson and the era of white hopesJack Dempsey, the Manassa maulerMy Lai : a brief history with documentsHollywood's America : United States history through its filmsThe rock, the curse, and the hub : a random history of Boston sports