Originally Posted by john garfield
Not knowing Robinson is not a "minor complaint" for me, N; it's the most important of all. Without a fully-realized picture -- with all the dark sides (and he had many), he doesn't breathe life.
Nothing would detract from his accomplishments, but we could walk away knowing who he was.
Dave Anderson's an excellent sports writer, but it takes the sensibility of a W.C. Heinz to do it. Read his profiles of Robinson, Graziano, Basilio and "Bummy" Davis.
Point taken, as the book was ghost written, i really enjoyed Robinson's opinions regarding his boxing matches and some of his experiences as a child. But it as you say it hardly focused on the SRR's misdemeanours (and there were many).
Re. Heinz' work, I am hoping to start buying some of his books (especially, his most critically acclaimed one is it the professional?), as you have recommended him in the past.