A sincere, sympathetic biography of Joe Louis Barrow, the dead-pan ambassador of the American Negro, whose integrity, humility, kindness and sheer physical prowess made him the first Negro champion of the ring since the arrogant, scornful Jack Johnson held the world title. The author takes us behind the non-committal face and inarticulate words of the Brown Bomber to reveal the strain of greatness, despite lack of education and lowly birth, which put him at the top, acclaimed by the whole country without prejudice. An intimate knowledge of Louis, his life, his friends, the racial issue as it came to the fore in his fights, especially with Schmeling -- accounts of all of his fights which might make it tedious in parts to non-ring fans. But Louis comes to the fore as a man worth knowing, a courageous, dedicated man... The author -- a fight fan since childhood -- is doing sport reporting for a New England paper. She writes well.