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"Black men look like they rule sport in America today. It was nothing like that in the 1930s. America was white and that was that. It didn't do you no good to dream of making it to the big time. It was impossible. And then, y'know, along came Jesse and along came Joe."

-- Ruth Owens, Jesse's late wife

n the summer of 1935, within weeks of each other, Joe Louis and Jesse Owen
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Ecco (first published June 1st 2003)
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A fine dual biography that directs a pitiless spotlight on the racism endemic to the country during the period of its protagonists ascendancy.

Any fan of boxing will be familiar with alpha and omega of Joe Louis's life, but all I knew of Owens came from grainy film clips of the Berlin games, and their friendship was a complete unknown.

An excellent telling of a fascinating and tragic story.

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