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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618930052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618930057
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.4 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lars Kingbeard on June 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This will be disappointing book to any boxing fan. It focuses on dull portraits and gimmicky staged photos that look like rejects from a j c penny catalog, to the near total exclusion of photos of boxers actually boxing. The only such photos that appear are squeezed into tiny boxes 6 or more per page, but don't worry there are glorious 2 page spreads of boxers grinning and showboating, throwing shadow punches in flowing robes, posing and preening like prize hens. There are stupid shots of boxers screaming at the camera, shots of ringside announcers and commentators striking thoughtful poses, shots of stadiums, gyms and speedbags, shots of boxers punching while being deluged with water like something straight out of zoolander. Added to this mess is a flood of melodramatic verbiage, mainly from the talking heads at hbo, about how boxing is a metaphor for life and the ultimate test of human spirit yadda yadda who cares etc. Too bad schatz didn't deem the sport itself worthy of being photographed.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harold Lederman on November 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Howard Schatz's, "At The Fights" is a very well done book which bring all the players in boxing, the fighters, promoters, referees, writers, physicians and of course the judges into your home in one huge outstanding beautifully photographed compendium. It gave me the opportunity to identify with everyone from Puerto Rico's Ivan Calderone to New York State Athletic Commission Physician Gerard Varlotta, all shot by Howard Schatz as you have never seen them before. From Vic Darchinyans left hook to Juan Manuel Lopez's right uppercut, you will learn the beauty that is boxing, done as noone else could shoot it. Howard Schatz just about brings boxing to life in his masterful work of great photography. All boxing fans must have a copy of, "At The Fights".

Harold Lederman
HBO Sports
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on December 28, 2012
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this was a gift for my boyfriend, big boxing fan. It was cool to see his excitement as he knew pretty much every boxer, judge, and promoter while we skimmed the pages. This book is big btw! The photos are all intense looking, showing the boxers skin pores and sweat! Did not personally enjoy how the photographer tinted ALL the pics to a real dark bluey almost dark flourescent look, but I guess its supposed to look artsy. More like a photo book in my opinion but it seemed to please my boyfriend so I'd recommend it for those looking for a cool gift for a boxing fan.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Different Path on November 3, 2012
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What a fascinating book. From the first pages of the forward to the end of the artist's notes, At The Fights gives a panoramic view of the world of boxing, including the perspectives of the promoters, trainers, ringside physicians and of course, the athletes themselves. The book brilliantly captures the punishing physical conditioning, the emotional isolation and iron-willed determination to enter a high-level boxing match. There is tremendous attention to detail in every photograph, and every photograph is interesting and beautiful. I wasn't a boxing fan before I read the book, but I left with a deep respect for the boxers and their sport. This is a work of genius.
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Great book if you like just pictures and quotes. Personally, I like books that have a detailed history of the fighter or the sport itself. This book just has pictures of various boxers along with quotes from them. The photographs are of high quality. The quotes do give you an inside look on boxers' perspectives. But again I would have liked some information. I still think the book was a good buy.   Overall, good book,  beautiful photography, nice inside look of boxers' minds. 
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Campbell on November 9, 2012
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Howard Schatz's photography has always astonished me, as each book grabs the blue ribbon from the one before it. In his enormous career, he has pursued two distinct genres of photography books: the big blockbusters, where he latches onto subjects so vast that the very thought of tackling them would cause anxiety in most photographers .... and his modest "boutique" books, in which he explores a rarer subject (such as the knotted contortions of a human body, the rich cyan of periwinkle flowers, the dazzling carotene of redheads, and so on). If the modest books are something of a soft mist, then the blockbusters are the full kahuna, the most daring and ambitious of projects. His recent book, AT THE FIGHTS (published by Sports Illustrated) is a huge expedition into the world of boxing. It is a powerhouse book, bulging with testosterone between the front & back covers, pushing to be seen & heard & felt on every visceral level. Not only do we meet the key players inside & outside the ring, but also we savor their private thoughts, their greatest ambitions and fears, as they partake in a world that many feel has been eclipsed by MMA, the UFC, etc. Truth is: the UFC and MMA could never have come about without the thrilling world of boxing.... and boxing will never be eclipsed, ever. The martial arts of Aikido and Jiu Jitsu and Shurei Goju Ryu are modern inventions in comparison to this millenia-old "sport" of boxing. It goes way back to the ancient Greeks, as early (we think) as 688 B.C., when it was "performed" as part of the early Olympic Games. It has been called "the manly sport" that relies solely on the use of a fighter's hands, not his elbows or legs or feet.Read more ›
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