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About the Author

GEORGE KIMBALL (1943–2011) was a longtime sportswriter (Boston Herald) and the author of Four Kings: Leonrad, Hagler, Hearns, and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing.

JOHN SCHULIAN was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Philadelphia Daily News before moving to Hollywood, where he was the co-creator of Xena: Warrior Princess. He is the author of Writers’ Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists. Both are recipients of the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, awarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Series: Library of America
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598530925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530926
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SUGARRAYSMELEE on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Regardless of whether you are a fan of boxing or not, this book contains some of the finest writings I've come across. Not just in sports.Inside are 50 articles, some brief, others rather lengthy, all have been handpicked for their excellency, all are gems. There are many historic authors works throughout the book, Red Smith, Jack London, James Baldwin, W.C. Heinz, Damon Runyon, James Baldwin, Jimmy Cannon, and A.J. Liebling just to name a few. The articles are chronologically ordered in such a way that you can almost observe the transformation of the sport and times in America. Each author enshrines their own unique style within the pages amounting to a history of literature that deserves to be celebrated.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Hood on June 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Black and White of the Black and Blue and Bloody
SunPost Weekly May 12, 2011 John Hood

Boxing may not be the glory sport it once was back in its heyday -- and if last weekend's Manny Pacquiao/Shane Mosley bout was any indication, it's not gonna be either. But at its best, and its brightest, there's something brutally beautiful about the sweet science. No one knows this better than those who throw words around for a living, who find in the fistic not just the stuff of legend, but a veritable parallel to their own craft.

"What you have with a fight is what you have with writing, and they each become metaphors for each other -- the ring, the page; the punch, the word; the choreograhy, the keyboard; the feint, the suggestion; the bucket, the wastebasket; the sweat, the edit; the pretender, the critic; the bell, the deadline. There's the showoff shuffle, the mingled blood on your glove, the spitting your teeth up at the end of the day."

That's what Irish wordslinger Colum McCann claims in his Foreward to At the Fights (The Library of America $35). And it's a cinch that each and every writer featured in this robust collection would wholeheartedly agree. What McCann didn't mention though, was that, like fighters, many of writers featured here would boast their accounts to be the singlemost ass-kicking pieces ever put to print.

Okay, so maybe I exaggerate -- a little. For every Norman Mailer and Jack London, there's a good dozen like the late, great A.J. Liebling, whose prose was so forceful and fluid it stood toe-to-toe with even the most blow-hardiest of braggarts, and in many cases whipped their asses to boot. (It's no wonder The Library of America also collected Liebling's The Sweet Science and Other Writings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sleeping Piranha on September 5, 2011
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Classic look at boxing revealed by the classic and classy individuals who honored it with their presence and their words.
A wonderful reminder that the world was different and better mannered.
Writings of numerous, well respected writers and plenty of precious photographs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander J. Semritc on July 1, 2012
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My Dad and I would look forward to Friday Night Fights on our black and white portable tv. (Though what was portable then and what's portable now are two different things.) We would each pick a fighter and would even place a small bet (like a coke) on the outcome. This book takes me back to those days. My Dad would have loved this book. It's filled with great stories and really paints a picture of a different era. My Dad is no longer with us, but I will buy another copy for my sons ... and hope they feel just a small bit of what I did.

This is great reading fo any sport fan or fan of great writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Vlachos on August 12, 2013
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the history of boxing and to read some of the great literary writers (Jack London, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, George Plimpton) and sports writers (W.C. Heinz, Gay Talese, Red Smith, etc) on the subject. Read the real "next day" descriptions of famous fights and events and what really happened.
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Here is all of the dirty work told about boxing
, Now we know why Don King and Bob Arum are rich and most of their fighters are either dead or dead assed broke........

A great tale all written by many boxers. managers, trainers, promoters and groupies from this generation.....
Almost all of them were out to clip as much money as they could from any fighter that allowed them to get their hands in their pockets.

I am so old that I go back to the Gilette Calvalade of Sports my Dad used to let watch with him and his buddies on our 8 in back and white TV that was in a consul with a "sterio" lol and a huge radio...

Man I learned to cuss and swear and found out then much to my disappointment that boxing was crooked, But I loved it up until the so called Super Champions were getting 3 and 4 shots at holding their titles while they were trying to stick us up for 50 bucks or more on TV.

This has the details.....It's a fun and interesting book to read.....
The sport was overrun with criminals and the Boxers were flat out screwed.
I am now geeked I just found a well reveiwed book about Jerry Quarry and should start it in the next few days,,,,,
It's worth buying if you like real life gossip like I do.......with no bull chit

They Talk about Frazier and Ali and how both were Tigers in the ring yet gentelman out ( except when they had to put on their promotional fight face lol)
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