All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy (Hardcover)
Meet Mr. Eugene Bullard, a highly energetic Francophile who lived big in the early 1900s. He was a boxer, decorated fighter pilot, drummer, and owner of the Paris nightclub L’Escadrille. He was also a black man who escaped the Jim Crow South as a teenager. If you want to read a fascinating account of how an under-reported champion of self-determination immersed himself in many international causes, resisted racism in the U.S. and abroad, and developed deep ties to a myriad of famous artists, soldiers, and activists, then this is your book! His biography is way overdue. -Cody— From Winter Gazette 2019
*A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice*
"A whale of a tale, told clearly and quickly. I read the entire book in almost one sitting."--Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review The incredible story of the first African American military pilot, who went on to become a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer Eugene Bullard lived one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of eleven to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community. When his journey led him to Europe, he garnered worldwide fame as a boxer, and later as the first African American fighter pilot in history. After the war, Bullard returned to Paris a celebrated hero. But little did he know that the dramatic, globe-spanning arc of his life had just begun. All Blood Runs Red is the inspiring untold story of an American hero, a thought-provoking chronicle of the twentieth century and a portrait of a man who came from nothing and by his own courage, determination, gumption, intelligence and luck forged a legendary life.