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5.0 out of 5 stars Untold and extraordinary, 2 Sept. 2003
This review is from: In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens (Paperback)
This must be one of the best sports books ever never mind 2002. McRae's book wonderfully evokes the times and places in the lives of two great sportsmen. In places, as in the aftermath of Louis's last fight or in the final demise of the great men, it is unbearably moving. At other times, for example during Owens's world record-breaking streak in one afternoon during a college meet, it is thrilling, page-turning stuff. Other highlights include the recreation of Louis's key fights and the background detail of the appalling racism at the heart of American life. Louis and Owens come across as real, heroic figures with fiercely strong and weak human traits. Despite the fact that they were modest men achieving extraordinary feats in their fields, they also posted small victories in their society at large not least in the way American institutions regarded, valued and treated their non-white citizens. A must read.
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