In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens

In Black and White The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens This biography of two great atheletes recounts the political legacy extraordinary personal links and enduring friendship between four times Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens and World Heavyweight Bo

  • Title: In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens
  • Author: Donald McRae
  • ISBN: 9780743207614
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
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    This biography of two great atheletes recounts the political legacy, extraordinary personal links and enduring friendship between four times Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, and World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Louis, black athletes born in an America demeaned by racism and poverty.

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    • Adeyinka Makinde says:

      There are few biographies that opt to feature a parallel chronology of the lives of two people. Such are the demands placed on the author to deliver a meaningful enough summation on one character that the addition of a second seems at once a daunting, near impossible concept. In many ways such an undertaking will lack a central focus unless both protagonists are linked inextricably in their raison d'etre or their rivalry or other binding phenomena as were say Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. Both [...]

    • David says:

      Two men find greatness at a young age in very different sports. That both became friends is perhaps not surprising, especially considering their very similar backgrounds. That both should have an enormous cultural impact, achieve iconic status despite growing up in a segregated and often rascist country, and still be well known almost 80 years after reaching the top, is extraordinary.Jesse Owens broke four world records in the space of 45 minutes in 1935 and then rubbed Hitler's nose in his theo [...]

    • Abhishek says:

      What a book! The incredible life stories of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens have been put into words in an impeccable manner by writer Donald McRae here. We may all know their achievements: Joe Louis, a boxing champion for 12 years & Jesse Owens, winner of four Gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. But the inspiring, fascinating, worth-reading story is to know how they reached the zenith in their careers, and where did they go afterwards. In Black and White gives us that untold tale, following [...]

    • Jim says:

      The story of Joe Lewis and Jessie Owens is not only remarkable in what they achieved, but the backdrop against which they achieved it - American racism and the rise of the Nazis. At one point the author points out that there was real and valid debate over who was worse off - a Jew in Germany in 1936 or a black in the Deep South. Some of the accounts the author manages to unearth about lynching, Jim Crow-ism and the entrenched hatred of middle America for the blacks verges on the incredible - was [...]

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