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In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens Hardcover – 21 Oct 2002


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (21 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743207602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743207607
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A book noteworthy both for its compassion and for its vivid recreations of some of the most dramatic sporting encounters of modern times' -- Guardian

'A compelling read with a message that resonates far beyond the sporting arena' -- Scotland on Sunday

'A searing account of racial prejudice' -- Time Out

'An atmospheric triumph of a book' -- Independent, November 8, 2002

'For its honesty and insights into an amazing period of history, the book deserved to win the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award' -- Tony Adams, Observer Books of the Year

'Meticulous in its research, thought-provoking in its dissection of the duo's lives, and masterly in its literary presentation' -- The Sunday Times

'Simply a wonderful book, beautifully written and deeply moving' -- Sunday Express

About the Author

Don McRae was born in South Africa in 1961. He has lived in London for the last sixteen years where he has worked as a sports feature-writer for THE SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, OBSERVER and ESQUIRE. He is the author of three books, NOTHING PERSONAL, DARK TRADE, winner of William Hill, 1996 and WINTER COLOURS, shortlisted for the William Hill, 1998.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DAVID MADDEN on 27 Jan. 2003
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McRae has written another Masterpiece.
For sports lovers & historians alike this is a must read.
McRae's research is second to none & his writing is informative, fluid & compassionate - he offers real insight into the lives of both superstars as well as a telling narrative on America's struggle with racism since the 1920's. The spirit of the Olympics is personified in Jesse Owens, the power-hungry values of Olympic administration are personified by Avery Brundage while
the rotten core of Boxing administration is exposed throughout the book. One cannot fail to be moved by this book especially by both the dignity, achievements & human failings of both sporting icons.
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The author really captures the time this was going on and was perfect in it's detail of there life stories.
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