A rousing account of a most improbable life: a descendant of slaves, Eugene Bullard fled rural Georgia as a kid to become, among other things, a French citizen and its first black fighter pilot, a boxer, a nightclub owner, an associate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Josephine Baker, and a spy whose story strangely resembles Rick in the movie Casablanca, right down to Bullard's relationship with Dooley Wilson. By retrieving Bullard from the shadows, the authors have revealed a one-of-kind, unforgettable personality. — Mike Hare
"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.