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The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Allen Jones


This is the story of Allen Jones and his odyssey from the streets of the Bronx to a life as a professional athlete and banker in Europe, but it is also provides a unique vantage point on the history of the Bronx and sheds new light on a neglected period in American urban history. The author grew up in a public housing project in the South Bronx at a time — the 1950s — when that neighborhood was a place of optimism and hope for upwardly mobile Black and Latino families. Brought up in a two-parent household, with many neighborhood mentors, he led an almost charmed life as a budding basketball st ... More

Keywords: Allen Jones, college athlete, Bronx, American urban history, housing project, racism, heroin, Rikers Island, basketball

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen Jones, author
Dexia Banque Internationale, Luxembourg