Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, performed research in the early 1960s at Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He was drawn back to researching in library archives for his most recent book, "Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes" (Broadway Books, 2004). Inspired by recollections of a family friend and veteran of the battalion and working with co-writer Anthony Walton, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar interviewed surviving members to develop this recounting of the wartime experiences of courageous men.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar