Another month, another book! VB's "Book of the Month Club" presents this month's choice as "The World's Fastest Man" by author Michael Kranish. He is a investigative political reporter for The Washington Post as well as New York Times Best Selling Author for his books: "Trump Revealed", "John F. Kerry", & "The Real Romney". His latest book, which is this month's selection of ours, was just released this month and it's the story of the first African American sports hero, Major Taylor. Not many people know about this fascinating and heroic story of Taylor's. The book is described as follows from Kranish's website:
"Twelve years before boxer Jack Johnson and fifty 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, traveled 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 twentieth century."
VB had the pleasure of chatting with author Michael Kranish on "VB in the Middle" to discuss this fascinating book of his: