Louis - The Great Black Hope
"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,
her service in the Army, and his stint as a professional wrestler after
retiring from boxing in 1951.
This biography of heavyweight boxing champ Louis
provides not just an account of Louis' career, but an accompanying survey
of what makes a 'hero' in American black community eyes. Louis helped force
the integration of America, opening the door for other black athletes:
this explores his impact on black interests as a whole.
This is an outstanding book. It's enlightening
entertaining and very enjoyable. JL's life from early childhood in Alabama
to his youth in Detroit is clearly written. His amateur career is well
documented as are all his professional fights. His boxing coterie and family
life are also well drawn.