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Callus On My Soul: A Memoir

by Dick Gregory with Sheila P. Moses

Born into the crushing poverty that can either snuff out the spirit or ignite the soul, Dick Gregory chose the latter, using his razor-sharp intellect and boundless energy to become a headlining comic, a pillar of the civil rights movement, a pioneering nutritionist, and an uncompromising voice for social activism and human rights around the world. He's counted among his friends Dr. Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and John Lennon. He's designed a pre-fight nutritional program for Muhammad Ali, run for President against Richard Nixon and George Wallace, and bargained - successfully - with Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini for the release of the American hostages from Tehran.

In Callus On My Soul, Dick looks back through his extraordinary life, recalling friends and adversaries, battles wages - both personal and professional - while offering his unique perspective on race, fame, politics, and so much more. At once provocative and controversial, insightful and utterly fascinating, Callus On My Soul presents a gritty, no-holds-barred account of a life that continues to influence the world around us in powerful and remarkable ways.

Dafina Books, 0-7582-0202-4, $15.00

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