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Joe Louis : the life of a heavyweight

Author: Lew Freedman
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Joe Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship longer than any other fighter and defended it a record 25 times. During the 1930s and 1940s, the owner of the heavyweight title belt was the most prominent sports competitor not aligned with a team sport. The biography of Louis outlines his rise from poverty to the best-known African American"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joe Louis; Joe Louis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lew Freedman
ISBN: 9780786459070 0786459077
OCLC Number: 817595851
Description: vi, 245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The brain trust --
Alabama --
Detroit --
Joe who? --
Laying out the big plan --
Jack Johnson --
Going pro --
The Brown Bomber --
The Brown Bomber versus the Italian Man Mountain --
Showdown with "Killer" Baer --
An eye for the ladies --
Working his way to the top --
Max Schmeling --
Schmeling, Hitler and the Nazis --
Louis-Schmeling I --
Joe bounces back --
And the new heavyweight champion of the world --
Being the champ --
Louis-Schmeling II --
Bigger than ever --
Two-Ton Tony and tons of others --
The tough guy from Pittsburgh --
You're in the Army now --
A young man named Robinson --
After the war --
End days of a brilliant career --
Real life tougher than boxing.
Responsibility: Lew Freedman.

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"Joe Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship longer than any other fighter and defended it a record 25 times. During the 1930s and 1940s, the owner of the heavyweight title belt was the most prominent sports competitor not aligned with a team sport. The biography of Louis outlines his rise from poverty to the best-known African American"--Provided by publisher.

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