Joe Louis

Author: Rugio Vitale
Publisher: Holloway House Publishing
ISBN: 9780870675706
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 220
View: 5122
A biography of Joe Louis describing his youth in a Detroit ghetto, his rise to heavyweight champion and major sports hero, and his role in destroying the myth of racial inferiority.

Joe Louis

Sports and Race in Twentieth-Century America
Author: Marcy S. Sacks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136175016
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
View: 463
This insightful study offers a fresh perspective on the life and career of champion boxer Joe Louis. The remarkable success and global popularity of the "Brown Bomber" made him a lightning rod for debate over the role and rights of African Americans in the United States. Historian Marcy S. Sacks traces both Louis’s career and the criticism and commentary his fame elicited to reveal the power of sports and popular culture in shaping American social attitudes. Supported by key contemporary documents, Joe Louis: Sports and Race in Twentieth-Century America is both a succinct introduction to a larger-than-life figure and an essential case study of the intersection of popular culture and race in the mid-century United States.

Joe Louis

Author: Randy Roberts
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300168853
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 329
View: 6631
A “humbling, inspiring . . . deeply emotional” biography of the boxing legend who held the heavyweight world championship for more than eleven years (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Known as the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis defended his heavyweight title an astonishing twenty-five times. Through the 1930s, he got more column inches of newspaper coverage than President Roosevelt. At a time when the boxing ring was the only venue where black and white could meet on equal terms, Louis embodied Black America’s hope for dignity and equality. And in 1938, his politically charged defeat of German boxer Max Schmeling made Louis a national hero on the world stage. Through meticulous research and first-hand interviews, acclaimed biographer Randy Roberts presents a complete portrait of Louis and his outsized impact on sport and country. Digging beneath the simplistic narratives of heroism and victimization, Roberts reveals an athlete who carefully managed his public image, and whose relationships with both the black and white communities—including his relationships with mobsters—were deeply complex. “Roberts is a fine match with his subject. He supports with powerful evidence his contention that Louis’s impact was enormous and profound.” —The Boston Globe

Joe Louis

The Life of a Heavyweight
Author: Lew Freedman
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476602123
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 252
View: 8397
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.

Joe Louis

Black Champion in White America
Author: Chris Mead
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486471829
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 330
View: 1850
Known affectionately as "The Brown Bomber," Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship for a record 11 years. Acclaimed as "stunning" by Kirkus Reviews, this is perhaps the best biography of the popular pugilist, recounting his triumphs and tragedies against the background of America in the 1930s and '40s. Includes 14 photographs.

Beyond Glory

Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Author: David Margolick
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307482200
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 464
View: 1634
Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling — bouts that symbolized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war. Acclaimed journalist David Margolick takes us into the careers of both men — a black American and a Nazi German hero — and depicts the extraordinary buildup to their legendary 1938 rematch. Vividly capturing the outpouring of emotion that the two fighters brought forth, Margolick brilliantly illuminates the cultural and social divisions that they came to represent. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Joe Louis : Black Hero in White America
Author: Chris Mead
Publisher: Robson Books Limited
ISBN: 9780860513902
Category: Boxers (Sports)
Page: 330
View: 1923

Save Me, Joe Louis

Author: Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453235442
Category: Fiction
Page: 356
View: 8622
Two small-time thieves get in over their heads in this literary thriller from the “virtuoso novelist” and author of Soldier’s Joy (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Not quite at home in the backwoods of Tennessee, and even less suited for the service, drifter Macrae lands on his feet in New York City in the 1980s. There, he teams up with a petty thief named Charlie, and the two hit on a scheme to rob people withdrawing money at ATMs. Caught up by their surprising success, they move on to bigger crimes. But as Macrae feels a growing discomfort with the increasing violence and danger of their hardscrabble existence, he wonders if he’s in too deep to make a clean break. With a tightly orchestrated and harrowing conclusion from “one of our most talented novelists . . . This meticulously observed story nevertheless grips us with its lucid prose, its keen psychological insights and the author’s respect for his troubled characters” (Publishers Weekly). “A remarkable read.” —The New York Times Book Review “Bell seems to know intimately the seedy sides of New York, Baltimore and the ex-urban south of housing developments and shopping centers abutting old, dying farms. He renders each locale exquisitely and seems as familiar with street jive as redneck vernacular.” —Los Angeles Times “Ripe for translation to the silver screen.” —Library Journal

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
Author: Matt de la Peña
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101641673
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 1390
On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.

Ring of Hate: Joe Louis Vs. Max Schmeling: The Fight of the Century

Author: N.A
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1611454468
Category: Boxing
Page: N.A
View: 6969
The definitive book (The Ring) on one of the greatest sports events of the twentieth century, the heavyweight championship bout between Germany's Max Schmeling and America's Brown Bomber, Joe Louis. 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 career-by a knockout-to 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 Ring of Hate Myler tells the story of two decent men, drawn together by boxing and divided by the cruel demands of competing nations.

War in the Ring

Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between America and Hitler
Author: John Florio,Ouisie Shapiro
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 1250155754
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 224
View: 3470
America’s black boxing champion. Hitler’s favorite athlete. And a world at war. Joe Louis was born on an Alabama cotton patch and raised in a Detroit ghetto. Max Schmeling grew up in poverty in Hamburg, Germany. For both boys, boxing was a way out and a way up. Little did they know someday they would face each other in a pair of battles that would capture the imagination of the world. In America, Joe was a symbol of hope to a nation of blacks yearning to participate in the American dream. In Germany, Max was made to symbolize the superiority of the Aryan race. The two men climbed through the ropes with the weight of their countries on their shoulders—and only one would leave victorious. The battles waged between Joe and Max still resonate today. War in the Ring is the story of these two outsized heroes, their lives, their careers, and the global conflict swirling around them.

Joe Louis, man and super-fighter

Author: Edward Van Every
Publisher: N.A
Category: Boxers (Sports)
Page: 183
View: 5288

Joe Louis

A Champ for All America
Author: Robert Lipsyte
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780060234102
Category: Boxers (Sports)
Page: 92
View: 8839
A biography of the boxing champion who became a symbol of achievement, first for African Americans, and then for all Americans

OK, Joe

Author: Louis Guilloux
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022614741X
Category: Fiction
Page: 140
View: 6164
"OK, Joe!" the American lieutenant calls out to his driver. He hops into his jeep and heads out through French countryside just liberated from the Nazis. With him is the narrator of this novel, Louis, a Frenchman engaged by the American Army as an interpreter. Louis serves a group of American officers charged with bringing GIs to account for crimes—including rape and murder—against French citizens. The friendly banter of the American soldiers and the beautiful Breton landscape stand in contrast to Louis's task and his growing awareness of the moral failings of the Americans sent to liberate France. For not only must Louis translate the accounts of horrific crimes, he comes to realize that the accused men are almost all African American. Based on diaries that the author kept during his service as a translator for the U.S. Army in the aftermath of D-Day, OK, Joe follows Louis and the Americans as they negotiate with witnesses, investigate the crimes, and stage the courts-martial. Guilloux has an uncanny ear for the snappy speech of the GIs and a tenderness for the young, unworldly men with whom he spends his days, and, in evocative vignettes and dialogues, he sketches the complex intersection of hope and disillusionment that prevailed after the war. Although the American presence in France has been romanticized in countless books and movies, OK, Joe offers something exceedingly rare: a penetrating French perspective on post-D-Day GI culture, a chronicle of trenchant racism and lost ideals.

Two Ton

One Night, One Fight -Tony Galento v. Joe Louis
Author: Joseph Monninger
Publisher: Steerforth
ISBN: 158642209X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
View: 6183
Beetle-browed, nearly bald, a head that rode his collarbones like a bowling ball returning on rails, his waist size more than half his five-foot-eight height, Two Ton Tony Galento appeared nearly square, his legs two broomsticks jammed into a vertical hay bale. By all measures he stood no chance when he stepped into the ring against the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis, the finest heavyweight of his generation, in Yankee Stadium on a June night in 1939. “I’ll moida da bum,” Galento predicted, and though Louis was no bum, Tony, the Falstaff of boxing, lifted him from the canvas with a single left hook and entered the record books as one of the few men to put the great Louis down. A palooka, a thug, a vibrant appetite of a man, he scrapped his way out of the streets and into the brightest light in American life. For two splendid seconds he stood on the canvas at Yankee Stadium, the great Joe Louis stretched out before him, champ of the world, the toughest man alive, the mythical hero of the waterfront, of Orange, New Jersey, of an American nation little more than a year away from war. Joe Monninger’s spellbinding portrait of a man, a moment, and an era reminds us that sometimes it is through effort, and not the end result, that people most enduringly define themselves.

Joe Louis

My Life
Author: Joe Louis,Edna Rust,Art Rust
Publisher: Harcourt
Category: Boxers (Sports)
Page: 277
View: 6115
Louis tells of his childhood on a poor Alabama farm, his family's eventual move to the Detroit ghetto, his rise to fame in the boxing world, and his battles with the IRS, women, and drugs

Joe Louis

The Great Black Hope
Author: Richard Bak
Publisher: Da Capo
ISBN: 9780306808791
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 315
View: 1030
Traces the life of the heavyweight boxing champion, and describes what his career meant to the African American community

From Batboy to the Hall of Fame

Author: Joe Louis Reliford
Publisher: Reliford's Publications
ISBN: 9780966093407
Category: Baseball players
Page: 80
View: 3253

Ring of Hate: The Brown Bomber and Hitler's Hero

Joe Louis v. Max Schmeling and the Bitter Propaganda War
Author: Patrick Myler
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780570694
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
View: 9425
More than the world heavyweight championship was at stake when Joe Louis fought Max Schmeling on 22 June 1938. In a world on the brink of war, the contest was projected as a test of nationalistic, racial and political ideals. It was black man against white man, a showdown between democracy and totalitarianism. No single event in the history of boxing generated as much excitement or such extremes of emotions. It was the night Louis hit a peak of fistic perfection, hardly missing a punch as he destroyed the challenger inside three brutal minutes. Following the Second World War, the two boxers' lives took contrasting turns. Louis was hounded over unpaid taxes and drifted into a hazy world of drugs, paranoia and ill health, eventually dying in 1981. Schmeling, meanwhile, became a successful businessman and remained active until his death in 2005. Ring of Hate is a gripping story of two men drawn together by their chosen profession and divided by the cruel demands of warring nations.