- Geoffrey C Ward, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson(Pimlico, 2006)
Jack Johnson was a remarkable man; comparing boxers through the ages is notoriously difficult, but he must surely rank as one of the leading heavyweights of all time.
The social background is perhaps even more incredible, with the tales of racism and the ‘so-called ‘Battle Royale’s’ that desperate black fighters like Johnson engaged in truly shocking.
When he reached the sporting pinnacle, Johnson was regarded as an awkward character, a controversial man who was never able to win over his public.
This book allows Johnson’s true personality and talent to shine, giving him his hard-won, rightful place amongst the giants 0f sporting history.