All Blood Runs Red

The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard—Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

by Tom Clavin, Phil Keith

On Sale: 10/06/2020

All Blood Runs Red

The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard—Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

by Tom Clavin, Phil Keith

On Sale: 10/06/2020


About the Book

Winner of the Gold Medal for Memoir/Biography from the Military Writers Society of America

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

“A whale of a tale, told clearly and quickly. I read the entire book in almost one sitting.”—Thomas E. Ricks,
New York Times Book Review

The incredible story of the first African American military pilot, who went on to become a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer

Eugene Bullard lived one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of eleven to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community. When his journey led him to Europe, he garnered worldwide fame as a boxer, and later as the first African American fighter pilot in history.

After the war, Bullard returned to Paris a celebrated hero. But little did he know that the dramatic, globe-spanning arc of his life had just begun.

All Blood Runs Red is the inspiring untold story of an American hero, a thought-provoking chronicle of the twentieth century and a portrait of a man who came from nothing and by his own courage, determination, gumption, intelligence and luck forged a legendary life.

Critical Praise

“Phil Keith and Tom Clavin have resurrected the memory of a man who was larger than life; a man born to a former slave and a Native American mother in racially-hostile Georgia who refused to play the hand he was dealt, and lived life on his own terms. All Blood Runs Red should be required reading for anyone who has ever dreamed big. A truly inspiring and uplifting story of courage and triumph, and an opus for an unsung hero.”—Nelson DeMille

“Eugene Bullard lived enough for a dozen interesting men, and All Blood Runs Red tells his story in a captivating way that keeps the pages turning for the next chapter. Keith and Clavin bring us a well-crafted book about a truly admirable American.”—Gregory A. Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

“An exultant trumpet song to the human spirit. My God, how I admire this man.”—Robert Coram, author of Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

“An incredible, meticulously researched, star-studded tale of the grandson of a slave, who broke nearly every barrier he encountered, becoming history’s first African American fighter pilot, a storied boxer, a member of Parisian high society in the Jazz Age, a character in a Hemingway novel, a World War II spy, and a friend to the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Louis Armstrong. All Blood Runs Red is a true 'moveable feast' that will forever change the way you see 20th century history.”—Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife and The Room on Rue Amélie

“Keith and Clavin constantly keep readers guessing about Bullard's next move. Terrific detective work revealing a man determined to forge his own destiny when his country said he couldn't.”—Kirkus Reviews

"A dazzling biography."—Publishers Weekly STARRED review

"Compelling."—Library Journal

“An excellent and significant portrait of a long forgotten, now rightfully reclaimed hero.”—Booklist STARRED review

“Phil Keith and Tom Clavin recount Bullard’s stunning story in this fast-paced, deeply reported biography.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Recommended for readers who enjoy compelling biography and fast-paced narrative.”—Library Journal

“A thrilling read.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Breathtaking… Even a slice of Bullard’s life would make for a compelling biography. Keith and Clavin cover it all, bringing a singular American figure out of obscurity.”—Tampa Bay Times

“An engaging portrait of a true free spirit.”—Christian Science Monitor

“A heroic story, an uplifting portrait of a unique individual, and an engaging account of a glamorous age framed by the two world wars.”—East Hampton Star

“Well-researched…Keith and Clavin succeed in encapsulating the life of one of the 20th century’s unheralded greats.”—HistoryNet

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781335016669
  • ISBN 10: 133501666X
  • Imprint: Hanover Square Press
  • On Sale: 10/06/2020
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC3 : HISTORY / Europe / France
  • BISAC4 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black

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