Jack Johnson is a Dandy


H/B in D/W – 262 pages – 32 pages of b/w photos – Published by Chelsea House Publishers – 1969 – Book has shelf ware, Dust Jacket is price clipped has front top left hand corner missing and is torn and frayed in places.

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Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, was a world traveller, a music hall performer, a prisoner at Leavenworth, a matador in the bullrings of Spain, a speed demon, a connoisseur of the arts and women, and a Renaissance man at the turn of the 20th Century. He held the title for seven years against the widespread popular demand for a new “white hope” to claim the belt. He emerged in 1926, after a twenty seven year career in the ring, as an introspective, sensitive man who believed that his life was a full life, and above that, a human life which he felt compelled to describe in this authentic, non-“ghosted” autobiography.


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