Knockout!: A Photobiography of Boxer Joe Louis (Photobiographies)

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Knockout! is a quintessential American story a humble but hardworking man overcomes poverty and prejudice to become world champion and an inspiration to millions around the world. George Sullivan’s photobiography tells the powerful story of boxer Joe Louis with evocative period photography and a stirring narrative. This profile of one of America’s favorite sportsmen offers boys a perfect choice for biography assignments and is a stunning addition to the award-winning Photobiographies series.

Joe Louis was the first African-American to achieve a position of national prominence in 20th century America. His success and his dignified public persona as champion were a source of great pride to African-Americans, whose heroes were rarely accorded recognition or respect. Knockout! sets the story of The Brown Bomber’s rise to fame against the background of his time. Blacks were not permitted to play major league baseball or football, and as the nation struggled through the depression in the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s, Louis became a symbol of hope to all facing hardship. Louis’s series of fights against Max Schmeling of Germany became the defining acts of his career. The reluctant Schmeling was promoted by Hitler’s regime as the symbol of Aryan supremacy, but Louis’s stunning victory in 1938 punctured the Nazi propaganda. Louis’s sensational first-round TKO win at Yankee Stadium also established the Alabama fighter as one of the most popular figures for Americans of all races.
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George Sullivan is a veteran author of juvenile nonfiction. A lifelong sports fan, Sullivan has written many sports books for kids. He has also written more than a few biographies. In addition, Sullivan's passion for photography has led him to write about the subject and to become an avid collector of photographs. All in all, George Sullivan is the perfect author to have taken on this Photobiography of Joe Louis. He lives in New York City.
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Grade 4–8—Born in 1914, Louis had a talent that offered him a means to succeed despite the economic hardships and racial discrimination of the 1930s. His early managers cautioned him to avoid the example of Jack Johnson, boxing's first African-American heavyweight, so Louis adopted a guarded stance for press and cameras. Throughout the highs and lows of his career, he carried himself with dignity, realizing that he held the hope of many on his shoulders. In 1938, he fought a rematch with the German fighter Max Schmeling, who represented Hitler's Aryan "superman"; Louis knocked Schmeling out in the first round in what is now viewed as one of the most significant sporting events of the 20th century. Sullivan's lively account limns Louis's accomplishments and notes that the boxer "offered a challenge to the conscience of a country." This slim biography features sepia-tinted archival photographs. One depicts a triumphant Louis at the height of his career, returning to his old Detroit neighborhood and drawing an admiring crowd. Some feature dramatic scenes in the ring; one photo finds a pantheon of boxing greats, including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, paying their respects to Louis at his gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery. A well-crafted introduction to the life and continuing significance of this iconic American sports hero.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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