Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson
Geoffrey Ward


Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Unforgivable Blackness is the first full-scale biography of Johnson in more than twenty years. Accompanied by more than fifty photographs and drawing on a wealth of new material – including Johnson’s never-before-published prison memoir – it restores Jack Johnson to his rightful place in the pantheon of sporting and social warriors.

Paperback, 544pp, illus
Yellow Jersey, 2015
ISBN 9780224092340


GEOFFREY C WARD is the author of nineteen books, including A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the NBCC Award, the Francis Parkman Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer.