Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight

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McFarland, Mar 22, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 252 pages
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.
 

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Being relatively new to the boxing world (I have only come to appreciate the Sweet Sport in the past 18 months or so) I cannot get enough of the history and the people who make up that history. Of ... Read full review

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In Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight, author Lew Freedman takes the reader on a journey throughout the great boxer's entire life, from his humble beginnings in rural Alabama to his death in a Las ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Brain Trust
5
2 Alabama
13
3 Detroit
22
4 Joe Who?
29
5 Laying Out the Big Plan
36
6 Jack Johnson
42
7 Going Pro
50
16 Joe Bounces Back
127
17 And the New Heavyweight Champion of the World
135
18 Being the Champ
143
19 LouisSchmeling II
150
20 Bigger Than Ever
160
21 TwoTon Tony and Tons of Others
168
22 The Tough Guy from Pittsburgh
178
23 Youre in the Army Now
187

8 The Brown Bomber
57
9 The Brown Bomber Versus the Italian Man Mountain
67
10 Showdown with Killer Baer
78
11 An Eye for the Ladies
86
12 Working His Way to the Top
96
13 Max Schmeling
103
14 Schmeling Hitler and the Nazis
111
15 LouisSchmeling I
117
24 A Young Man Named Robinson
197
25 After the War
203
26 End Days of a Brilliant Career
211
27 Real Life Tougher Than Boxing
219
Chapter Notes
231
Bibliography
237
Index
239
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About the author (2013)

Lew Freedman is a long-time, prize-winning journalist for such newspapers as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Anchorage Daily News and Wyoming’s Cody Enterprise. Specializing in sports and the outdoors, he has written more than 100 books. He lives in Columbus, Indiana.

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