Knockout! is a quintessential American storya humble but hardworking man overcomes poverty and prejudice to become world championand an inspiration to millions around the world. George Sullivan's photobiography tells the powerful story of boxer Joe Louis with evocative period photography and a stirring narrative.
Joe Louis was the first African-American to achieve a position of national prominence in 20th century America. His success and his dignified public persona as champion were a source of great pride to African-Americans, whose heroes were rarely accorded recognition or respect. Blacks were not permitted to play major league baseball or football, and as the nation struggled through the depression in the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s, Louis became a symbol of hope to all facing hardship. Louis's series of fights against Max Schmeling of Germany in 1938 and his stunning victory punctured the Nazi propaganda. Louis's sensational first-round TKO win at Yankee Stadium also established the Alabama fighter as one of the most popular figures of American sports history.
George Sullivan is a veteran author of juvenile nonfiction. A lifelong sports fan, Sullivan has written many sports books for kids. He has also written more than a few biographies. In addition, Sullivan's passion for photography has led him to write about the subject and to become an avid photo collector. He lives in New York City.