Louis vs. Max Schmeling and a World on the Brink
Paperback: 464 pages
Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling ' bouts that symbolized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war. Acclaimed journalist David Margolick takes us into the careers of both men ' a black American and a Nazi German hero ' and depicts the extraordinary buildup to their legendary 1938 rematch. Vividly capturing the outpouring of emotion that the two fighters brought forth, Margolick brilliantly illuminates the cultural and social divisions that they came to represent.
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, and a Cry for Civil Rights
Hardcover: 144 pages
From four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee David Margolick, STRANGE FRUIT explores the story of the memorable civil rights ballad made famous by Billie Holiday in the late 1930s. The song's powerful, evocative lyrics-written by a Jewish communist schoolteacher who, late in life, adopted the children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg-portray the lynching of a black man in the South. Holiday's performances sparked conflict and controversy wherever she went, and the song has since been covered by Lena Horne, Tori Amos, Sting, and countless others. Margolick's careful reconstruction of the story behind the song, portions of which have appeared in Vanity Fair, includes a discography of "Strange Fruit" recordings as well as newly uncovered photographs that capture Holiday in performance at Greenwich Village's Caf' Society. A must for jazz aficionados.
At the Bar:
The Passions and Peccadillos of American Lawyers
Every Friday for seven years, David Margolick has examined the American fascination with the culture of law and lawyering in his New York Times column, "At the Bar." Here are the best of his observations on the lawyer's trade -- from its noblest moments to its greatest blunders. From profiles of distinguished or notorious legal professionals to provocative explorations of legal ethics and observations on the changing legal profession, this collection is an entertaining must-read for anyone interested in the folkways of modern American law, put forth with wit, rigor, and insight by one of the nation's foremost legal commentators.
Influence: The Epic Battle for the Johnson & Johnson Fortune
Paperback: 336 pages
When 32-year-old Polish servant Basia Johnson married the
76-year-old Seward Johnson, Jr., heir to the Johnson & Johnson
fortune, eyebrows were raised. When he died 12 years later,
leaving his estate to Basia, the stage was set for an epic
battle between Basia and Johnson's six children. Undue Influence
is a dramatic tale of wealth, power, status, and greed. 32-page