"MADE HISTORY AT THE 2016 OLYMPICS AS THE FIRST AMERICAN TO COMPETE IN A HIJAB AND THE FIRST MUSLIM-AMERICAN WOMAN TO WIN A MEDAL": FIRST EDITION OF PROUD, BOLDLY SIGNED BY IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD
MUHAMMAD, Ibtihaj. Proud. My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. New York Boston: Hachette, 2018. Octavo, original white paper boards, original dust jacket. $300.
First edition of Ibtihaj Muhammad’s "inspiring and illuminating" memoir, signed on the half title with her characteristic image of a heart.
Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," Ibtihaj Muhammad "made history at the 2016 Olympics as the first American to compete in a hijab and the first Muslim-American woman to win a medal… she won the bronze medal in the team sabre event" (Guardian). "Saber is the quickest and most aggressive of the fencing disciplines. Fencers score quickly, slashing for points… Wearing a mask emblazoned with the American flag, Muhammad punctuated her scores with roars of delight." When she first picked up a sword at the age of 13, Muhammad began an uphill battle that also proved to be "an unexpected, barrier-breaking career" (New York Times). Proud, her memoir, is "inspiring and illuminating" (Christian Science Monitor). "Muhammad details her journey of becoming a professional fencer as a black Muslim woman, and as someone who has spent a lifetime smashing barriers" (Salon).It is "a tumultuous, unforgettable tale of perseverance and faith" (Chicago Tribune). "Fencing made her who she is today, but fencing isn't her only narrative. Her journey is one of authenticity at all costs and being unapologetically herself" (ESPN). First edition, first printing: issued with a signed edition, no priority established. Co-authored with Lori L. Tharps: with eight pages of illustrations.
A fine copy.