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This review is from: In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens (Paperback)
At the outset McRae's telling of the story by snap-shots seemed to me irritatingly tabloid, as did the quantity of invented dialogue and somewhat sentimentalised psychology. It's difficult to remember when these reservations disappeared, but they were overcome by the narrative pace, the impressive research of primary and secondary sources and the sophisticated selection of material. The result is a book which tells much of the story of the lives of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens without being a biography of either and focuses crucially on their relationships with the white establishment represented, at its worst, by such figures as the appalling Avery Brundage whose career as Olympic supremo continued untroubled by his part in driving Jesse Owens out of sporting competition.