Michael Kranish - The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero

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When Major Taylor (1878-1932) sprinted to victory in the 1899 world track cycling championships, he became the first African-American to achieve the level of world champion cyclist and the second Black athlete to win a world championship in any sport. Today Taylor is largely forgotten, but twelve years before Jack Johnson and fifty before Jackie Robinson broke racial barriers in boxing and baseball, Taylor was celebrated as the nation’s “First Black Sports Hero.” In this dynamic and long-overdue biography, Kranish, an investigative political reporter for The Washington Post and coauthor of Trump Revealed, draws on a rare interview with Taylor’s daughter to reveal new details about the man who challenged Jim Crow to excel at bicycling—one of the iconic sports of the white elite.

 

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Non Fiction
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781501192593
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019