Free eBook The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports HeroAuthor Michael Kranish –

This book opened my eyes to a sport that I never knew existed and to the race problem in those days that I didn t realize was as significant The champion racer seemed never to have received the attention nor respect that Taylor deserved thus, the story will benefit the readers to new facts of those times Perhaps the reader s appreciation will offer some comfort to the family for the extraordinary contribution this man gave to the sport and for the determination that he had in doing so. In The Tradition Of The Boys In The Boat And Seabiscuit, A Fascinating Portrait Of A Groundbreaking But Forgotten Figure The Remarkable Major Taylor, The Black Man Who Broke Racial Barriers By Becoming The World S Fastest And Most Famous Bicyclist At The Height Of The Jim Crow Era In The S, The Nation S Promise Of Equality Had Failed Spectacularly While Slavery Had Ended With The Civil War, The Jim Crow Laws Still Separated Blacks From Whites, And The Excesses Of The Gilded Age Created An Elite Upper Class Amidst This World Arrived Major Taylor, A Young Black Man Who Wanted To Compete In The Nation S Most Popular And Mostly White Man S Sport, Cycling Birdie Munger, A White Cyclist Who Once Was The World S Fastest Man, Declared That He Could Help Turn The Young Black Athlete Into A Champion Twelve Years Before Boxer Jack Johnson And Years Before Baseball Player Jackie Robinson, Taylor Faced Racism At Nearly Every Turn Especially By Whites Who Feared He Would Disprove Their Stereotypes Of Blacks In The World S Fastest Man, Years In The Writing, Investigative Journalist Michael Kranish Reveals New Information About Major Taylor Based On A Rare Interview With His Daughter And Other Never Before Uncovered Details From Taylor S Life Kranish Shows How Taylor Indeed Became A World Champion, Travelled The World, Was The Toast Of Paris, And Was One Of The Most Chronicled Black Men Of His Day From A Moment In Time Just Before The Arrival Of The Automobile When Bicycles Were King, The Populace Was Booming With Immigrants, And Enormous Societal Changes Were About To Take Place, The World S Fastest Man Shines A Light On A Dramatic Moment In American History The Gateway To The Th Century PLEASE NOTE When You Purchase This Title, The Accompanying Reference Material Will Be Available In Your Library Section Along With The Audio On Our Desktop Site Mr Kranish has done a great job of telling Major Taylor s story in an interesting way His research is amazing, even to the story of his father, a Civil War soldier The social history of bicycle racing was well written I highly recommend this book about a champion bicyclist. I gulped this book down whole Beautifully crafted, well researched, and carefully presented story that transcends the sports genre by bringing to life one man s battle to live his life and make the most of his extraordinary gifts in the midst of deeply entrenched racial bias.The international nature of Major Taylor s career allowed Kranish to explore the differing geographic and temporal expressions of racial in tolerance, in this engaging and readable tale. The story of Major Taylor, a man of strength and character, who persevered during difficult times Through extensive research the writer was able to place the reader in the turn of the twentieth century when the bicycle filled the gap between horse and automobile and bike track racing was the sport of the era Major Taylor was a man of immense spiritual, physical and mental strength who s character towered above his adversaries Thoroughly enjoyed reading this well written story.