Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World hits bookshelves on October 17. Ã‚Â Fully illustrated, its 240 pages tells the moving story of Marshall W. “Major” Taylor (1878 – 1932), the first African-American athlete to gain international fame outside of Boxing. Ã‚Â He rose to fame in Europe and Australia by handily beating the top pros and national champions of the time, but faced the bigger challenge of racism back home in America. Ã‚Â Despite being one of the world’s greatest athletes, he died penniless in a Chicago welfare hospital at age 53.
The hardcover retails for $39.95, or pre-order on Amazon.com for $26.96. Ã‚Â It’s in stock October 17.