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Joe Louis by [Randy Roberts]

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"The author of superb studies of the boxers Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey, Mr. Roberts spins a graceful and reliable narrative of Louis's life. [He] also gets into the ring with the question: Why did Joe Louis matter so much to so many?"—Wall Street Journal (Wall Street Journal 2010-10-23)

"Roberts is a fine match with his subject. He supports with powerful evidence his contention that Louis's impact was enormous and profound."—Bill Littlefield,
Boston Globe (Bill Littlefield Boston Globe 2011-01-09)

"Well-researched, intelligent, and insightful. . . . [Roberts is] able to capture the drama, brutality, and pathos of Louis's epic battles."—Glenn Altschuler,
Philadelphia Inquirer (Glenn Altschuler Philadelphia Inquirer 2011-12-26)

"[This] new biography by Randy Roberts restores Louis to his proper place in the pantheon, both as an athlete and as a cultural icon."—Allen St. John,
Dallas Morning News (Allen St. John Dallas Morning News 2011-01-02)

“A sympathetic, moving life of the Brown Bomber by veteran cultural historian and biographer Roberts. . . . All legendary athletes should hope for treatment by such capable, compassionate hands.”—
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"A biography to be savored. . . . Roberts' narrative of the pugilist and the man is gripping. . . . He captures the spirit of the age, when boxing on radio fed the national imagination. . . . Roberts recovers a great story and makes it sing for him."—Andrew Burstein,
Baton Rouge Advocate (Andrew Burstein Baton Rouge Advocate)

"It's a thrilling account of an extraordinary life, one that needed to be retold to a generation tow hom Joe Louis is no more than an occasional face on ESPN Classic. There was a giant in those days, and Roberts has reclaimed him for us."—Allen Barra,
St. Petersburg Times (Allen Barra St. Petersburg Times)

"[An] exciting account of the great champ's life. . . . [The book] isn't so much a biography as a cultural history of its subject's life and times. . . . It's a thrilling account of an extraordinary life, one that needed to be retold to a generation to whom Joe Louis is no more than an occasional face on ESPN Classic. He was a giant in those days, and Randy Roberts has reclaimed him for us."—Allen Barra,
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Allen Barra Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011-06-07)

"Louis's story ghad been told by sportwriters and historians many times, but Roberts is a fine match with his subject. He suppports with powerful evidence his contention that Louis's impact was enormous and profound. His explorations of the shameful social conditions and smug hyporcrisy poisoning the landscape over which Louis loomed for a time are incisive and convincing."—Bill Littlefield,
New York Post (Bill Littlefield New York Post)

"Roberts has written a thoroughly researched, engaging book on African American heavyweight boxer Joe Louis. . . . This excellent book has much to say about race, nationalism, and identity."—A. Ejikeme,
CHOICE (A. Ejikeme CHOICE)

"Roberts's book is a thoroughly researched beginner's guide to boxing as well as an introductory course in 20th century politics that contains, at the heart of it, a stoic enigma of a fighter who wasn't afraid to go toe-to-toe with the world."—Lance Hicks,
Bama Escapes (Lance Hicks Bama Escapes)

"[In this] concise, judicious biography, . . . Roberts vividly re-creates a bygone time when boxing enjoyed enormous popularity. . . . Roberts is superb at conveying the excitement that surrounded Louis' exploits."—
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Sports and Recreation category. (Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Choice 2012-03-12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Randy Roberts is Distinguished Professor of History at Purdue University. His previous books include biographies of Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, and John Wayne (all nominated for Pulitzer Prizes); a history of American sports since 1945; and books on Charles Lindbergh, the Mike Tyson trial, and the Vietnam War. He lives in Lafayette, Indiana. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0048EJW44
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press (October 26, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 26, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2015 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 332 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0300177631
  • Customer Reviews:
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I write books that I would like to read, stories about sports and film icons who had an impact on American history. People like John Wayne, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali. My most recent book, "Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X" combines my interests in sports, politics, and race. It looks at two men, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, and how they changed the sports and political landscape in America.

Previously I published books that have explored the role that college football players and coaches have played during times of national crisis. In 2013, I published "Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter" (co-authored with Ed Krzemienski). It details the relationship between Bear Bryant and Joe Namath during the early 1960s, a time of Civil Rights struggles, a violent backlash, and the emergence of Alabama as the finest football team in the nation. It features two iconic personalities fighting for victories on the field and their careers off the field.

In 2011 I published "A Team for America: The Army-Navy Game That Rallied a Nation." It's the story of a West Point football team during World War II, striving to win a national championship before they shipped off to the battle front. It was their last chance to be boys before the nation demanded that they be men. During the months between D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge the team gave the millions of American soldiers around the world something to celebrate. After their last game General Douglas MacArthur wired Coach Red Blaik, "THE GREATEST OF ALL ARMY TEAMS. WE HAVE STOPPED THE WAR TO CELEBRATE YOUR MAGNIFICENT SUCCESS."

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