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Joe Louis By Richard Bak

Joe Louis
by Richard Bak

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"When Joe Louis (1914--1981) knocked out the German boxer Max Schmeling in 1938 in two minutes and four seconds, the entire nation--black and white--celebrated the "fight of the century" as a victory of t"
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Joe Louis: The Great Black Hope by Richard Bak

When Joe Louis (1914-1981) knocked out the German boxer Max Schmeling in 1938 in two minutes and four seconds, the entire nation,black and white,celebrated the "fight of the century" as a victory of the United States against the ominous tide of Nazism. Never had an African-American received such universal praise across racial lines. Heavyweight champion for a record twelve years from 1937 to 1949, Louis opened the doors for such future black athletes as Jackie Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Muhammad Ali. Joe Louis depicts the prizefighter's life, and the times in which he lived, from his childhood in a sharecropper's cabin in Alabama and his formative years in Detroit, to his legendary career, his service in the Army, his stint as a professional wrestler after retiring from boxing in 1951, and his professional demise as an official greeter for a Las Vegas casino. Along the way, Richard Bak compassionately, yet evenhandedly, details Louis's private vices: incessant womanizing, reckless spending habits, massive debts to the IRS, and drug abuse. Filled with over one hundred photographs, including twenty-two in colour, Joe Louis is the most comprehensive portrait yet written of one of the greatest African-American heroes who used his fists figuratively,and literally,to fight racism.

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About Richard Bak


Richard Bak, a native of Detroit, is the author of eight books, including the critically acclaimed Lou Gehrig: An American Genius and Ty Cobb: His Tumultuous Life and Times.

Table of Contents


* From Bama to Black Bottom * A Punch in Either Hand * The Long Shadow of Papa Jack * No Ordinary Joe * Tan Tarzan, Black Messiah * Champion of All, Save One * Knocking Out Hitler * Bummin * Cruel Twilight * No Joe Louis, No Jackie Robinson * Your Whole Life Is Your Funeral

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GOR004251275
Joe Louis: The Great Black Hope by Richard Bak
Richard Bak
Used - Very Good
Paperback
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
1998-08-22
328
030680879X
9780306808791
N/A
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