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Beyond glory : Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a world on the brink
David Margolick
Adult Nonfiction GV1136.8 .M37 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Fought with thunderclouds of war on the horizon, the 1938 heavyweight rematch between Detroit's Joe Louis and Germany's Max Schmeling qualifies as the sort of sporting event that coalesces into a symbolic moment with much larger themes. The African-American Louis's success and demeanor were an unsubtle rebuke to the Aryan theories of race; the affable Schmeling, for his part, would be shoehorned into the role of "Nazi Max," despite the uneasiness of the fit-later that year, on Kristallnacht, he would courageously protect two German Jews. Vanity Fair contributor Margolick (Strange Fruit) keeps his bold, colorful focus squarely on the hubbub leading up to the bout; the all-consuming welter of hype-almost every utterance in the book is tinged by race or geopolitics-makes for compelling reading. The fight pitted talent against tactics: Schmeling's previous defeat of the hitherto "unbeatable" Louis depended on Schmeling's shrewd perception of a flaw in Louis's technique. Louis was a critical transitional figure between the controversial first African-American champ, Jack Johnson, and the equally polarizing Muhammad Ali. Schmeling, in turn, was truly the antithesis of the thugs who were running his country. Every chapter in the company of such estimable and likable stalwarts is an unalloyed pleasure. Photos. Agent, David Black. (Sept. 22) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In 1936 and again in 1938, American heavyweight Joe Louis fought Germany's Max Schmeling in monumental bouts in New York's Yankee Stadium-the second time for the championship title. Schmeling won the first fight in 12 rounds, but Louis knocked him out in just over two minutes on June 22, 1938. As highly anticipated as the fights were, it was clear that the rising global fear of Hitler and a world on the brink of war carried greater historical weight. YetVanity Fair contributor Margolick (Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song) balances the gathering storm in Europe with boxing's golden age in a masterly account that makes important connections between the two. Utilizing newspaper sources from both sides of the Atlantic, including African American newspapers, the Jewish press, and the Nazi propaganda machine, Margolick details the full context of the fights, all the while maintaining the perspective of Jewish fears and the Nazi cause in Germany and of blacks in America searching for a savior. One of the best sports books of recent years, Beyond Glory is highly recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/05.]-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Alabama (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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