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  • A significant achievement... An utterly convincing and frequently heartrending portrait

    Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
  • A formidable accomplishment...Ward has successfully brought this deep and colourful personality, this insufficiently understood and altogether amazing man, back to life

    David Margolick, New York Times Book Review
  • A portrait of a fascinating figure, whose oversized personality fills every page.

    Bruce Schoenfeld, Washington Post
  • Ward is a distinguished and diligent historian, and he has mined original sources to tremendous effect. The detail is dazzling... It deserves an audience far beyond fans of the ring game

    Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph
  • 'a delicious detail on almost every page... Research this powerful gives Unforgivable Blackness a richness that rewards contemplative reading',

    Jon Hotten, Scotland on Sunday

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