All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene


All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy ➷ [Reading] ➹ All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy By Phil Keith ➬ – Thomashillier.co.uk A 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 A New York Runs Red: PDF/EPUB ¿ 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 All Blood eBook ë French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneerEugene 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 Blood Runs Red: PDF/EPUB À fame as a boxer, and later as the first African American fighter pilot in historyAfter 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 begunAll 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.


10 thoughts on “All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

  1. Jenna Jenna says:

    I purchased the hardcover copy of All Blood Runs Red The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy a couple months ago for my library As with many books I purchase, I had no desire to read it myself this is a good thing or I d be adding 100 titles a month to my already too long TBR list, and that s not to mention all the books I add that I don t purchase for the library Boxing and military careers aren t high on my list of interests and I thought this would be a boring I purchased the hardcover copy of All Blood Runs Red The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy a couple months ago for my library As with many books I purchase, I had no desire to read it myself this is a good thing or I d be adding 100 titles a month to my already too long TBR list, and that s not to mention all the books I add that I don t purchase for the library Boxing and military careers aren t high on my list of interests and I thought this would be a boring book for me.However, for the last few weeks, all of my library e holds becoming available have been fiction Now, I love a good story and I ve had a terrific run of novels but my brain needs some substance too and it was positively screaming to be fed some facts Something real, not made up As none of the nonfiction books on my TBR list were available, off I headed to Overdrive to see what new nonfiction e books my library had recently purchased and weren t already checked out Scrolling through the most popular, I was becoming discouraged Cookbooks, nope Diet books Unh unh Self help books Hell no It was with some relief that I scrolled down to this one Even though I didn t think it would be the best of choices for me, it was still something I could feed my brain so the hangry screams of Feed me I m starving would cease Something scientific would have been preferable but at this point, I wasn t being picky Just give me something nonfiction that wasn t about food or telling me how I could be oh so happy 100% of the time if I would just X, Y, and Z Holy crapola was this book interesting How mistaken I was to think it would just be some mundane account of a guy who was a boxer and then flew military planes in World War I turns out he did in WWII as well Eugene Bullard was one amazing man who lived one amazing life Wow Though not much is known of his early years, we learn how he ran away from home as a kid and made his way, eventually, to France Born in the Jim Crow era in Georgia to a former slave and a Native American, Eugene wanted to escape the oppression and racism of the South His father claimed that in France all men were treated equal and so that s where he went This book is about Mr Bullard s incredible life and the numerous feats he accomplished While still a teen, he stowed away on a ship to Europe where he became a boxer This career aided him in his endeavors to reach France There he began work in a night club and eventually co owned a famous one of his own People like Josephine Baker, Bricktop , Cole Porter, Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Picasso, Man Ray, Charlie Chaplin, Sinatra, the Astaires, and many others frequented Le Grand Duc.When war broke out, Bullard signed up to fight for France and became the first African American military pilot in history Disgustingly, had he been in America, he would have been denied this opportunity because he was black Eugene Bullard won many awards for his bravery and military feats and when WWII rose on the horizon, he again signed up to fight for France.In between all this, Mr Bullard married and had three children, played in a jazz band, and ran his club Langston Hughes, upon arriving in France at the age of 22, was a dishwasher and waiter at Le Grand Duc, before publishing some of his poems and moving back to the US Mr Bullard was a friend to all, though had a short fuse when it came to racism, standing up for himself any time he encountered it Thankfully things weren t as bad in Paris as they were in the US and Mr Bullard was mostly treated as an equal to whites He mainly had to deal with racism when white Americans would visit France, making it known how they hated to see Black people on an equal footing as whites It s no wonder he had no desire to move back to the States As noted in the book, most Americans were quite content with black musicians entertaining them on stage and in the clubs, but they were not fine with African Americans walking off the stage, mingling with the patrons, sitting down to dine with them or, heaven forbid, dating or fraternizing with them After France fell to the Nazis, Eugene was forced to return to the US where he became a civil rights activist He also played backup drums for Louis Armstrong and toured with him in Europe because he was trilingual and could help with booking accommodations There were so many intriguing events in Mr Bullard s life, so many marvelous accomplishments I now am surprised that I thought this book would be on the boring side It is anything but boring.I particularly enjoyed when the author included excerpts from Mr Bullard s unpublished autobiography, though it sometimes differed from official accounts.At times the writing was rough and the book could have been better edited It s a 4.5 star rating because of that but as I usually round up, I ll give it 5 I m so glad I didn t have any other NF to read and gave this one a try Eugene Bullard deserves to have his story known and I think a movie about his life would be captivating If you re looking for a book for Black History Month February , this would be an excellent choice


  2. Faith Faith says:

    Eugene Bullard had an incredibly eventful life Born in Georgia in 1895, he was one of 10 children of a Haitian American father and Creek mother He grew up believing that France was a place where he would find equality and left home at the age of 12 to pursue his dream He became the first African American fighter pilot and his plane was adorned with paintings of red, pierced hearts and the words all blood that flows is red His list of endeavors is quite extensive including, boxer, musician, Eugene Bullard had an incredibly eventful life Born in Georgia in 1895, he was one of 10 children of a Haitian American father and Creek mother He grew up believing that France was a place where he would find equality and left home at the age of 12 to pursue his dream He became the first African American fighter pilot and his plane was adorned with paintings of red, pierced hearts and the words all blood that flows is red His list of endeavors is quite extensive including, boxer, musician, service in both world wars, spy for the French Resistance and nightclub owner He was awarded numerous medals including the Croix de Guerre and knew Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Fred Astaire, Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Picasso and many others While I found the story of Bullard s life very interesting, there was a little too much speculation in the book about his thoughts, conversations, actions and motivations He wrote an unpublished autobiography, and perhaps that was the source of some of this, but since I listened to the audiobook I have no idea if any of the sources for the book were footnoted The author admits that some of the autobiography was fanciful, but he states that the basic facts of Bullard s exploits were confirmed in each case by at least 2 sources and his war record was certainly real Whatever the case, I m glad that he is getting some deserved recognition in the US and this book would make a great movie


  3. Yesenia Juarez Yesenia Juarez says:

    Outstanding story of these formidable men Stories like these is what they should be teaching high school students not the other crap


  4. Kimberlee (reading.wanderwoman) Kimberlee (reading.wanderwoman) says:

    What an incredible story and what an incredible human being It s one of those times I finished reading and wondered why I ve never heard about him before But there are so many reasons, many of which are listed in the book All Blood Runs Red was originally supposed to be an autobiography, but unfortunately Gene passed away and poop it was never published So in keeping with honoring him, Phil kept the original title And I love it I m always fascinated by some people s ability to persevere A What an incredible story and what an incredible human being It s one of those times I finished reading and wondered why I ve never heard about him before But there are so many reasons, many of which are listed in the book All Blood Runs Red was originally supposed to be an autobiography, but unfortunately Gene passed away and poop it was never published So in keeping with honoring him, Phil kept the original title And I love it I m always fascinated by some people s ability to persevere And in the case of Gene Bullard, persevere is a massive understatement overcoming incredible odds Running away from his home in Columbus, Georgia at the age of eleven and not looking back, he built a life for himself and made it all the way to the City of Lights ELEVEN Could you imagine a child these days successfully running away at ELEVEN Thankfully the early 1900s in Paris France was a farliberal and welcoming city to people of all races and cultures unlike Gene s hometown Becoming a successful boxer, fighting in World War I Becoming the first African American fighter pilot A club owner and part time musician playing the drums Then becoming part of the resistance during World War II and eventually fighting in World War II After too many injuries it was time to finally come back to his home country Did I mention how he also raised and protected 2 daughters as a single father I don t want to give too much away but needless to say after 65 years Gene finally received some of the recognition he deserved, and evenso after his passing After reading the book, you ll know he deserves farrecognition than he got.A highly recommended read for anyone who loves a real life hero story


  5. Cam Cam says:

    The first African American fighter pilot Eugene Gene Bullard At 12, he ran away from Columbus, Ga., to escape the vicious racism of the early 20th century South for France, the country revered by his formerly enslaved father He crossed the Atlantic straight into minor fame as a boxer in Liverpool and Paris, and experienced partial freedom from the scorn and hatred of whites In WWI, he joined the French Foreign Legion, fighting for his adopted homeland as a pilot After a brief interwar int The first African American fighter pilot Eugene Gene Bullard At 12, he ran away from Columbus, Ga., to escape the vicious racism of the early 20th century South for France, the country revered by his formerly enslaved father He crossed the Atlantic straight into minor fame as a boxer in Liverpool and Paris, and experienced partial freedom from the scorn and hatred of whites In WWI, he joined the French Foreign Legion, fighting for his adopted homeland as a pilot After a brief interwar interlude as a nightclub band drummer, manager, and owner rubbing shoulders with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and Pablo Picasso, and spying on Germans for the French he volunteered again with the French military when WWII broke out After being injured as the Germans advanced into France, military and consular personnel advised him to flee the country to avoid being executed by the Nazis He settled in New York City with his teenage daughters and became variously a longshoreman, a traveling salesman of French perfumes, and an elevator operator at Rockefeller Center Keith vividly describes Bullard s experiences including his medal worthy military exploits, the luck that allowed him to cheat death repeatedly, and the bizarre parallels between his life and the movie Casablanca


  6. Janet Janet says:

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I doThe incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I doThe incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot in WWI, who went on to become a self taught jazz musician, 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 His five year journey led him to a tramp steamer bound for Europe There he discovered boxing, climbed the ranks and garnered worldwide fame as the Black Sparrow At eighteen he settled in Paris as a beloved celebrity and bon vivant A year later World War I broke out.Bullard joined the French Foreign Legion, where he went on to become the first African American fighter pilot in history After the war, Bullard returned to Paris a decorated war hero and leveraged his celebrity to become a fixture of Parisian nightclub society Hemingway and Fitzgerald drank champagne at his club A young Langston Hughes worked as a busboy He counted Picasso, Josephine Baker and Man Ray as friends He married a French countess and they had two daughters At the dawn of World War II, with echoes of Casablanca, Bullard became a French spy, drawing Nazi soldiers to his club and conducting crucial surveillance for the Allies After fleeing Paris, he joined the Resistance before being safely smuggled onto a ship bound for America He lived out the rest of his life in Harlem with his daughters, working for a time as an assistant for Louis Armstrong.All Blood Runs Red is the dramatic 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.This is an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life I remember first reading about him on the History girls blog as his story was so incredible it could not have been written as fiction and been believed Eugene was the definition of a patriot as he did anything and everything for his country but was punished for the colour of his skin One hundred years later have things changed He no What a great book club talking point This is a great read for any lover of history it is meticulously researched but written for a general audience which basically means that it does not read like a textbook I have read a lot of history textbooks and this one would have been wonderful to read as it is not dry and dusty it is vibrant and engrossing The expression all blood runs red was painted on his plane and is the title of several other biographies about Bullard read this one As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of their incessant use by Social Influencer Millennials on Instagram and Twitter so let s give it p.s


  7. Nathan Schmidt Nathan Schmidt says:

    I received an uncorrected proof through Goodreads First Reads and am very grateful for the opportunity.This is a very interesting and pulling biography, and I was fascinated with Bullard s complex story during the whole journey from his early adventures with gypsies to that fateful conversation on the elevator.I think my only main issue with the book was that, while it is several hundred pages, it still seems a little brief There s still plenty of detail, but at times I felt there could have I received an uncorrected proof through Goodreads First Reads and am very grateful for the opportunity.This is a very interesting and pulling biography, and I was fascinated with Bullard s complex story during the whole journey from his early adventures with gypsies to that fateful conversation on the elevator.I think my only main issue with the book was that, while it is several hundred pages, it still seems a little brief There s still plenty of detail, but at times I felt there could have beenPlus, there were a few things that were left out For instance, I never got a strong impression on exactly why Bullard enlisted for World War I, and the final chapter never stated the ultimate fate of Connell s biography of him.That said, I can understand the difficulties in gathering in depth information on individuals, especially when much of his history has been unrecorded All in all, this is a great biography that helps bring Bullard s colorful history to life I was astounded at all the things he was involved in, and it is wonderful that he is getting a chance in the limelight


  8. Melanie Melanie says:

    Incredible story of an incredible life.


  9. Donna Donna says:

    Perfect for readers interested in American History, especially topics that have previously not received much or any attention Written for the layman, this book was very interesting I found myself captivated by the life story of Eugene Bullard, a person that was never mentioned in any history classes that I took Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advanced reading copy.


  10. Leia Leia says:

    I m so thankful for the work of researchers who have done the due diligence of honoring people like Eugene Bullard One of theentertaining and moving books I ve read this year Makes me equally proud and ashamed of our country.


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