Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight

Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight

by Lew Freedman
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Joe Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship longer than any other fighter and defended it a record 25 times. (In the 1930s and 1940s, the owner of the heavyweight title was the most prominent non-team sports competitor.) In addition, Louis helped bridge the gap of understanding between whites and blacks. During World War II he not only raised money for Army and… See more details below

Overview

Joe Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship longer than any other fighter and defended it a record 25 times. (In the 1930s and 1940s, the owner of the heavyweight title was the most prominent non-team sports competitor.) In addition, Louis helped bridge the gap of understanding between whites and blacks. During World War II he not only raised money for Army and Navy relief and entertained millions of troops as a morale officer, but became a symbol of American hope and strength. This biography of Louis outlines his rise from poverty in Alabama to become the best-known African American of his time and describes how an uneducated man, simple at his core, became so articulate and ended up on the side of right in the battles he fought, with fist or voice.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
retells the story in an efficient fashion...a solid overview of Louis's life...the power of Louis's life is undeniable. Recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476602127
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,164,574
File size:
6 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >