Saturday, April 23, 2005

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. This is an interesting book review. It examines this book by Geoffery C. Ward. It gives a good summary of Jack Johnson's life as well.

From the site:

In the later years of his life, Johnson found happiness with his third wife, Irene Pineau Johnson, and he remained in the limelight—watching the rise of future boxing champions like Max Schmeling and Joe Louis (whose stance Johnson said was all wrong) and participating in charity boxing “matches.” He died in a car accident in 1946 at the age of 68. At Johnson’s funeral, his widow, when asked what is was that she had loved about her husband, replied, “…his courage. He faced the world unafraid. There wasn’t anybody or anything he feared.”

Ward’s biography is an incredibly dense book; every chapter is rich with the details of Johnson’s life and, seemingly, all of his boxing matches. Uppercuts, hooks, and clinches are recreated for the reader from news stories, film reels, and Jack Johnson’s own written accounts.

This book will entertain passionate fans of pugilism, as well as appeal to those interested in American social or journalistic history. Wards includes both copious footnotes and a lengthy bibliography. An extensive index provides quick access to the multitude of boxers, managers, promoters, and public figures documented in the book.

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