Joe Louis: Hard Times Man
Joe Louis defended his heavyweight boxing title an astonishing twenty-five times and reigned as world champion for more than eleven years. He got more column inches of newspaper coverage in the 1930s than FDR did. His racially and politically charged defeat of Max Schmeling in 1938 made Louis a national hero. But as important as his record is what he meant to African-Ameri...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Yale University Press
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The description of the second fight with Max Schmelling alone is enough to read this book. I read it, re-read it, and then read it aloud to a friend. Soon after I saw a film of said fight, and I leapt from my chair! After getting back from the emergency room, I read it again.