RANDY ROBERTS is Distinguished Professor of History at Purdue University. His previous books include biographies of Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, and John Wayne (all nominated for Pulitzer Prizes); a history of American sports since 1945; and books on Charles Lindbergh, the Mike Tyson trial, and the Vietnam War. He lives in Lafayette, Indiana.
“Roberts takes you ringside as one of the greatest practitioners of ‘the Sweet Science’ makes history, but he doesn’t stop there. He explains the race relations and international politics of the 1930s that, along with his hard punches and no-nonsense style, made Joe Louis immortal.” — Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
“The author of superb studies of the boxers Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey, Mr. Roberts spins a graceful and reliable narrative of Louis’s life. He also gets into the ring with the question: Why did Joe Louis matter so much to so many?” — Wall Street Journal
“Readable and thought-provoking.” — John Exshaw, Boxing Monthly