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Joe Louis: America’s Fighter
David A. Adler (au); Terry Widener (il)
A book about the life of African American boxer Joe Louis, who was born on May 13, 1914 to a poor family. His family moved from Alabama to Detroit, MI, when he was 12 years old. There he learned how to become a boxer. Joe quit school in 1932 and became an amateur fighter. He won 50 of his 54 fights as an amateur. The book describes the successes and tribulations of Joe’s career, esp. his defeat of German fighter Max Schmeling in 1938, with Europe on the brink of war. When American entered World War II, Joe Louis joined the army and raised America’s spirits. After the war, he retired from boxing undefeated as world champion, but came back to fighting, until he lost to Rocky Marciano in 1951. He died on April 12, 1981. Juvenile Audiences.
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