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The Peter Norman Story

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by Matt Norman and Andrew Webster
Paperback
Publication Date: 09/10/2018
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Who is Peter Norman? He's the greatest Australian hero you don't know.

Peter Norman is the 'forgotten man' in one of the most powerful and influential photos of all time.

Peter is in the photo because he won Australia a silver medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympics after running the 200 metres in 20.06 seconds. In 2018, 50 years on, it is still the Australian record.

But Peter Norman is a hero to millions today not for the race or the record, but for what he did next.

Hearing of US medallists John Carlos and Tommie Smith's plans to protest against inequality on the dais, Peter pinned an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge on his green and gold tracksuit and said: 'I'll stand with you.'

That act of solidarity cost Peter Norman everything. All three men were cast into exile, their lives sent spiralling. But it secured a unique friendship - and a legend that, in its 50th anniversary, is more powerful than ever.

This is the extraordinary story of the man behind the photo and a moment that changed the world. It's a strange odyssey of a working-class, Salvation Army-raised boy from Melbourne who became a global icon for equality and courage, yet who remained an enigma to even those closest to him.

It's a story about taking a stand and inspiring people everywhere to stand with you. The story of a unique hero who has gone unsung for too long. The Peter Norman Story.
ISBN:
9781925481365
9781925481365
Category:
Biography: general
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
09-10-2018
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
232x156x24mm
Weight:
0.5kg
Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster is chief sports writer for the Sydney Morning Herald.

He appears regularly on TV and radio and has authored several books, including Supercoach: The Life and Times of Jack Gibson and 2014 bestseller The Voice: The Life of Ray Warren.

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  • Brilliant. A flawed man but a hero.

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    This book was a brilliant read. Peter Norman was a man with deep flaws, but was in the right place at the right time to stand up for Human Rights. I remember watching the ceremony on TV as a child, and wondering what was behind the stand that was taken. This book gave a big picture view of the social and political climate in the United States at the time, through the eyes of an Australian bystander who ended up being involved in a memorable and great way.

  • A Confusing Character

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    The first half of the book I loved him, by the end I was left perplexed and a little disturbed by his duel nature. He was a great Australian athlete no doubt and I am pleased to now know of his achievements. His personal character was not at all endearing, he was selfish and self-absorbed. It’s a well written book and worth reading, but don’t expect to be left elated.