The Greatest Fight of Our Generation: Louis vs. Schmeling by Lewis A. ErenbergThe Greatest Fight of Our Generation: Louis vs. Schmeling by Lewis A. Erenberg

The Greatest Fight of Our Generation: Louis vs. Schmeling

byLewis A. Erenberg

Paperback | September 19, 2007

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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 discusseshow 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 championembraced 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.
Lewis A. Erenberg is Professor of History at Loyola University, Chicago. An authority on World War II and American culture, he has been on NPR, the Milt Rosenberg Show, and the Studs Terkel program and has been interviewed for articles in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Vanity Fair, and The Nation.
Title:The Greatest Fight of Our Generation: Louis vs. SchmelingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:September 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

"Lewis Erenberg's lively analysis of the Joe Lewis-Max Schmeling fight in 1938 explains not only the meaning of the fight itself, but also how Joe Louis's triumph over a German fighter in the age of Hitler dulled the power of racism in the United States. Joe Lewis personified and furthered theefforts of African Americans to throw off the yoke of white superiority. Max Schmeling, though embraced by the Nazis, protected Jews against persecution. Brilliantly argued and beautifully written, the book offers insights into the lives and personalities of the fighters as well as their fans. Thebook will no doubt become a classic in the fields of transnational history and cultural studies." --Lary May, author of The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way