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Greatest Fight of Our Generation Louis vs. Schmeling

ISBN-10: 0195319990

ISBN-13: 9780195319996

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lewis A. Erenberg

List price: $17.95
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The second Louis-Schmeling fight of 1938 sparked excitement around the globe. For all its length--the fight lasted just two minutes--it remains one of the most memorable events in boxing history and, indeed, one of the most significant sporting events ever. In this superb account, Lewis A. Erenberg offers a vivid portrait of Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, their individual careers, and their two epic fights, shedding light on what these fighters represented to their nations, and why their second bout took on such international importance. Erenberg shows how after Schmeling's dramatic win in his first fight with Lewis he instantly became a German national hero and an unwilling symbol for white supremacists, leading the second fight to be viewed by many as a symbolic match between Nazism and American democracy. Erenberg discusses how Louis' dramatic first-round victory was a devastating blow to Hitler, who turned on Schmeling and, during the war, had the boxer (then serving as a paratrooper) sent on a series of dangerous missions. Louis, meanwhile, went from being a hero of his race--"Our Joe"--to the first black champion embraced by all Americans. Here then is a stirring and insightful account of one of the great moments in boxing history, a confrontation that provided global theater on an epic scale.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction: "More than a Prizefight"
Down but not Out: Boxing in the Great Depression
Coming Off the Canvas: The Renaissance of Boxing in the Great Depression
Max Schmeling's Sieg-Ein Deutscher Sieg (Max Schmeling's Victory-A German Victory)
The Braddock Affair and the Color Line
The Greatest Fight of our Generation
This is the Army
Last Rounds
Epilogue: Winners and Losers
Notes
Index