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- DescriptionThe story of a man who transcended the handicaps of race to become America's first African American mega sports celebrity At the turn of the 20th century, hundreds of lightning-fast racers won the hearts and minds of a bicycling-crazed public. Scientists studied them, newspapers glorified them, and millions of dollars in purse money were awarded to them. Major Taylor aimed to be the fastest of them all. Taylor's most formidable and ruthless opponent-a man nicknamed the Human Engine was Floyd McFarland. One man was white, one black; one from a storied Virginia family, the other descended from Kentucky slaves; one celebrated as a hero, one trying to secure his spot in a sport he dominated. The only thing they had in common was the desire to be named the fastest man alive. Finally, in 1904, both men headed to Australia for a much--anticipated title match to decide who would claim the coveted title. Major is the story of a superstar body saw coming, the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal tale of white versus black in the 20th century, and, most of all, the tale of our nation's first black sports celebrity.
- Author BiographyTODD BALF is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Last River and The Darkest Jungle. He is a former senior editor for Outside magazine.
- Author(s)Todd Balf
- PublisherThree Rivers Press (CA)
- Date of Publication27/01/2009
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThree Rivers Press (CA)
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight227 g
- Width135 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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