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.
Bill Heinz is the business,his book the professional is the best Fiction on boxing Ive ever read ,and his pieces on fighters have great depth and insight,he has a knack of getting to the core of his subject and still retaining an empathy with it.