By Wil Haygood
From the writer of the significantly acclaimed In Black and White: The lifetime of Sammy Davis, Jr., comes one other illuminating socio-historical narrative of the 20 th century, this one spun round some of the most iconic figures of the struggle video game, Sugar Ray Robinson.
Continuing to set himself aside as certainly one of our canniest cultural historians, Wil Haygood grounds the impressive tale of Robinson's upward thrust to greatness in the context of the fighter's lifestyles and instances. Born Walker Smith, Jr., in 1921, Robinson had an early early life marked via the seething racial tensions and explosive race riots that contaminated the Midwest during the twenties and thirties. After his mom moved him and his sisters to the relative security of Harlem, he got here of age within the vivid post-Renaissance years. It used to be there that—encouraged to field through his mom, who sought after him off the streets—he quickly turned a emerging megastar, slicing an electrifying, glamorous determine, driving round city in his recognized red Cadillac. past the fame, even though, Robinson might end up a robust, frequently arguable black image in a quickly altering the US. Haygood additionally weaves within the tales of Langston Hughes, Lena Horne, and Miles Davis, whose lives not just intersected with Robinson's but additionally give a contribution richly to the scope and soul of the book.
From Robinson's grotesque six-bout warfare with Jake "Raging Bull" LaMotta and his deadly assembly with Jimmy Doyle to his Harlem nightclub years and thwarted show-biz desires, Haygood brings the champion's tale, within the ring and out, powerfully to lifestyles opposed to a vividly painted backdrop of the area he captivated.
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Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson by Wil Haygood