Fight of the Century: Joe Louis Vs. Max Schmeling

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Feb 1, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 246 pages
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The definitive book (The Ring) on one of the greatest sports events of the twentieth century, the heavyweight championship bout between America s Brown Bomber, Joe Louis, and Germany s Max Schmeling.
More than the world heavyweight championship was at stake when Joe Louis fought Max Schmeling on June 22, 1938. In a world on the brink of war, the fight was depicted as a contest between nations, races, and political ideologies, the symbol of a much vaster struggle. Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels boasted that the Aryan Schmeling would crush his inferior black opponent. President Roosevelt told Louis, his guest at the White House, that America needs muscles like yours to beat Germany. For Louis, this was also his chance to avenge the only loss in his brilliant careerby a knockoutto the same Max Schmeling two years earlier.
Recreating the drama of their momentous bout, the author traces the lives of both fighters before and after the fight, including Schmeling s efforts in Nazi Germany to protect Jewish friends and the two boxers surprising friendship in the postwar years. In Fight of the Century Myler tells the story of two decent men, drawn together by boxing and divided by the cruel demands of competing nations.
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Contents

Learning the Ropes
4
Taking It Lying Down
22
Mussolinis Man
35
Nazi Salutewith a Cigar
56
Falling Star
74
Return Route
95
Bomber Command
120
Sweet Revenge
134
Joe Goes to Work Max Goes to War
155
Were on Gods Side
170
They Never Come Back
184
Conclusions
212
Joe Louiss Professional Record
228
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Patrick Myler is a writer and boxing historian, whose previous books on the sport include Gentleman Jim Corbett and A Century of Boxing Greats . His articles have appeared in The Ring , Boxing News , and Boxing Monthly .

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