Geoffrey C. Wardwon the National Book Critics Circle Awardin 1989. With Ken Burns, he is coauthor of "The Civil""War" and "Jazz." He lives in New York City.
""Unforgivable Blackness" is likely to be the definitive biography of Jack Johnson . . . A significant achievement. Geoffrey Ward provides an utterly convincing and frequently heartrending portrait of Jack Johnson." --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books""A formidable accomplishment . . . Ward has successfully brought this deep and colorful personality, this insufficiently understood and altogether amazing man, back to life." --David Margolick, "The New York Times Book Review""Brings [Johnson] to life in all his vulgar, splendid glory. Engrossing and definitive, Unforgivable Blackness is a great biography of a great and utterly fascinating subject." --Allen Barra, The Philadelphia Inquirer"An engaging and well-researched popular biography . . . Throughout the book, Johnson's energy never flags, and neither does our interest. [Ward] has drawn a portrait of a fascinating figure, whose oversized personality fills every page." --Bruce Schoenfeld, Washington Post Book World"This remarkable book is at one and the same time a rousing story, a terrific biography, and first-rate history. With immense skill, Geoffrey Ward has not only brought Jack Johnson back to life but has provided a telling window onto what it was like to be a great black athlete in early-twentieth-century America." --Doris Kearns Goodwin"Geoffrey Ward's "Unforgivable Blackness" is a stunning exploration in the unbelievable bigotry of whites in early-twentieth-century America." --David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the two-volume biography of W. E. B. Du Bois