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All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

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*A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice*

"A whale of a tale, told clearly and quickly. I read the entire book in almost one sitting."--Thomas E. Ricks,
New York Times Book Review

The incredible story of the first African American military pilot, who went on to become a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Hanover Square Press
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Faith
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Eugene Bullard had an incredibly eventful life. Born in Georgia in 1895, he was one of 10 children of a Haitian American father and Creek mother. He grew up believing that France was a place where he would find equality and left home at the age of 12 to pursue his dream. He became the first African American fighter pilot and his plane was adorned with paintings of red, pierced hearts and the words “all blood that flows is red”. His list of endeavors is quite extensive including, boxer, musician, ...more
Kimberlee (reading.wanderwoman)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
What an incredible story and what an incredible human being. It's one of those times I finished reading and wondered why I've never heard about him before. But there are so many reasons, many of which are listed in the book. All Blood Runs Red was originally supposed to be an autobiography, but unfortunately Gene passed away and poop it was never published. So in keeping with honoring him, Phil kept the original title. And I love it.


I'm always fascinated by some people's ability to persevere.
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Janet
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

The incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military
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Nathan Schmidt
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an uncorrected proof through Goodreads First Reads and am very grateful for the opportunity.

This is a very interesting and pulling biography, and I was fascinated with Bullard's complex story during the whole journey - from his early adventures with gypsies to that fateful conversation on the elevator.

I think my only main issue with the book was that, while it is several hundred pages, it still seems a little brief. There's still plenty of detail, but at times I felt there could have
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Aryn
Eugene Bullard was a boxer, pilot, club impresario, and spy in the early to mid-twentieth century. With a life story ripe for a biopic, racism has long kept his story in the shadows. Bullard was the first African American fighter pilot, flying in World War I for France. A decorated war veteran, Bullard owned and managed a Parisian nightclub between the world wars, welcoming greats of the Jazz Age to his stage and as his guests. As the shadow of the Third Reich loomed, Bullard spied for France, ...more
Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Eugene Bullard lived an extraordinary life. I found the story about Bullard to be fascinating and for his time, amazing. To think that a boy from a small Southern town riddled with prejudice, he accomplished great things.

The writing felt a bit unpolished and rough this might have been intentional to match the story, I am not sure.

If nothing else, I would recommend this book to anyone to learn more about this great American.

I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
Melanie
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredible story of an incredible life.
Leia
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so thankful for the work of researchers who have done the due diligence of honoring people like Eugene Bullard. One of the more entertaining and moving books I’ve read this year. Makes me equally proud and ashamed of our country.
Victoria
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
i enjoyed this book very much like others who reviewed this book i had never heard of this ma.n it was as well researched as can be expected but there was a little bit of padding with unneeded backstories at times and other times not enough sometimes you have to read footnotes to learn what happened to people in the book which irked me r.eceived for free on goodreads
June
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bhm, biography, ng, 2019
I had never even heard of Eugene Bullard before I read this book. His bravery and determination is truly inspiring, especially in the face of the many hardships he faced. It's amazing to consider that one person's life could take so many drastic turns, from poverty and prejudice in the American South to the itinerant life of a sailor, boxer, soldier, pilot, and even a spy. Moreover, his story sheds light on the African-American experience during this important time. So often our Black History ...more
Donna
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Perfect for readers interested in American History, especially topics that have previously not received much or any attention. Written for the layman, this book was very interesting. I found myself captivated by the life story of Eugene Bullard, a person that was never mentioned in any history classes that I took.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advanced reading copy.
Mich
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The biography of Eugene Bullard, the grandson of a slave, recounts his life as a boxer, pilot in WWI, jazz drummer, nightclub owner in Paris, and spy for the Resistance. The first African American pilot, born in Columbus, Ga with only a second grade education was a stowaway on a ship to Europe. Starting with boxing as a welterweight he eventually became associated with fast movers in the Paris scene. At times he knew all the famous writers such as Hemingway, Langston Hughes, and F. Scott ...more
Chris Carlisle
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well written and engaging accoint of a man I had heard of numerous times in multiple black history and boxing books, but whom, for some reason has never recieved his own in-depth biography until now. This man truly did it all as a Black man in both Europe and America. I enjoyed the writing style as it has a level of pizzazz to it that makes you not want to put the book down. I even found the back stories on background characters intriguing. The accounts of WWI and the battles Mr. Bullard took ...more
Nancy Mijangos
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book details the life of Eugene Bullard, the first African American pilot. He lived a fascinating and eventful life.
Peter L
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Blood Runs Red relates a most unusual life story.

Eugene Ballard runaway to France because he hoped he could be free. He arrived in time to serve in the France Foreign Legion before becoming a fighter pilot. And that was his early life.
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Thanks to publisher Hanover Square Press for the free review copy.

What a pleasure to learn about this remarkable man.
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Military Biographies & Autobiographies, Historical Biographies & Autobiographies, 20th Century United States History
Nicky
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very interesting life story but poorly written.
S M
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the content of the book. I did the audio version and it was very clean.
Kelly Marcu
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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