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Fight [Kindle Edition]

Eugene S. Robinson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Crushing your enemies, driving them before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women? It doesn't get any better than this." –Eugene Robinson, ripping off John Milius

That's the sentiment that surges just below the surface of Eugene Robinson's Fight – an engrossing, intimate look into the all–absorbing world of fighting. Robinson – a former body–builder, one–time bouncer, and lifelong fight connoisseur – takes readers on a no–holds–barred plunge into what fighting is all about, and what fighters live for. If George Plimpton had muscles and had been choked out one too many times––this is the book he could have written.

When Robinson and his fellow fighters mix it up, they live completely for the moment: absorbed in the feel of muscles slippery with sweat; the metallic tang of blood mingling with saliva in the mouth; the sweet, firm thud of taped knuckles impacting flesh. They fight because it feels good. They fight because they want to win. And even if they get their asses kicked, they fight because they love fighting.

Fight is part encyclopedia, part panegyric to fighting in all its forms and glory. Robinson's narrative – told in his trademark tough–guy, stream–of–consciousness noir voice – punctuates this explanatory compendium of the fighting world. From wrestling, jiu–jitsu, boxing and muay thai to bar fighting, hand–to–hand combat, prison fighting and hockey fights, from the greatest movie fight scenes to how to throw the perfect left hook, Fight is a scene–by–scene tour of the bloody but beautiful underworld that is the art of fighting.

With his aficionado's enthusiasm and fast–paced, addictive voice, Robinson's Fight combines compelling text with beautiful photographs to create an illustrated book as edgy and interesting as it is gorgeous.

Editorial Reviews


“Robinson is Bouncer Lit’s Norman Mailer. And occasionally, in the…seconds before someone chokes him out, its James Joyce.”


"Robinson is Bouncer Lit's Norman Mailer. And occasionally, in the...seconds before someone chokes him out, its James Joyce."--Boston Phoenix

Product Details

  • File Size: 13497 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WW42
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Though Your Face is Breaking February 12, 2008
Great fight book. Robinson is a writer and rock musician (whose band will either play a set or beat up the audience, according to the evening's ambiance), but for purposes of this book he's playing roving participatory reporter on all aspects of the fight scene. With an emphasis but not limitation to Mixed Martial Arts, but veering into all kinds of extremely interesting stuff, such as the eternal question - What is the real sh-t with that 52 Blocks thing?? And lots more. Tons more. He tell how to avoid or get into bar fights (depending on your preference), what it's like to be knocked out (tallies with my own sad experiences) and so much more. Just the few pages where he gets an emergency room doc to detail the worst fight injuries he's every treated are alone worth the price of the book.

Key thing, Robinson, in addition to being a very experienced kick butt fighter himself, most importantly is a gonzo funny writer - and I love funny writing above all things. This book is way more interesting and vastly better written than the spate of other MMA related books that have come out recently - that I am too kindly to enumerate by name here.

And while proffering practical information and being so highly amusing, Robinson touches on the deeper stuff which preoccupies me. Like: why are human males so obsessed with violence and competition? I mean I've dabbled in martial arts, including boxing and Yi Quan and other violent, competitive things like that. But you know, deep down, unlike Robinson, I don't really approve of it at all. I don't like it, I don't think it's good. Violence is bad.

But I thank Robinson most heartily for throwing some light and laughs on our dark, dirty, dangerous path.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Entertainment.... December 17, 2007
I have seen quite a few books on fighting, and quite often they can be boring because they focus on only one type of fighting. What makes "Fight" so entertaining is that it takes an in-depth look at so many different types of fighting and so many different types of people. Hockey fights, boxing, martial arts, street fights - all receive coverage. The author even includes lists of famous fights, famous fighters, and famous fight scenes in movies. A fun read and a great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As a longtime listener of the webcast "Knuckle Up", I'd heard the rantings about this book and, without a Paypal account, figured this is as good a way to support the art.

I was happy I did.

This book touches on many of the forms fighting takes, some of which I was interested in and others, I found compelling by virtue of Mr. Robinson's prose.

Unique and unflinchingly honest, his writing is coupled with the humility of one who's faced -and lost- to many of the luminaries, legends and reprobates of the fight world.

Think of the internal monologue of Tyler Durden from "Fight Club" if he fought Roy Jones Jr. instead of Jared Leto. Now make him NOT gay, and you pretty much got this book.

I'm confident that if Mr. Robinson wrote about dog shows, he'd find the madness within the reason that people engage in those things too -and I'd find it just as much fun to read- but given this book is about our most basic alpha-male communication tool, I feel there are few writers today that can lend his insight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm an Oxbow fan and an MMA fan so I knew going in that this was gonna be my kind of book. Look, if you don't like to read about fighting, read something else. If you like intelligent commentary on a subject that is an intrinsic part of our humanity, written by an author who is also a participant in what he's writing about, read this book. Myths are dispelled, humor is dispensed and information is delivered and it's a damn good read. After finishing the book, I downloaded the audio book, which I also recommend as a companion to the actual book. The "one finger punch" story is worth the download.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for fighters... or other angry souls! August 31, 2009
Great book, very well written, tons of storys and anecdotes that will make you laugh and that will conjur some deep thoughts!

If you are into the world of MMA and/or combat sports it is a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyting a book should be November 12, 2008
By bigeyes
I bought this book as a gift for a few friends of mine. It was an instant and a unanimous hit with all of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book! August 20, 2008
If you are a fight fan, know a fight fan, or have any plans of being a fight fan, buy this book!

It has a lot of great stories and info about his experiences, and the author is obviously very knowledgeable and intimately involved in the fight game. The farther I read into the book, the more I kept saying to myself "I would LOVE to have a beer with this guy and just pick his brain".

After reading the book, I did a bit of research on the author. Check out Eugene's weekly radio show at [...] and click on his show Knuckle Up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Hurts... June 26, 2008
This book stands alone. There have been many books written about fighting and I have read close to 20 of them. This book is the only book that covers all aspects of hand to hand combat. From mixed martial artists, boxers, street fighters, special forces, to greco roman wrestlers and prison survivers. This is not only history and perspective but also how to, hands on information. This book makes other books look like bitches.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FIGHT is EVERYTHING you wanted to know
Eugene S. Robinson knows fighting inside the ring and out. He also understands a fighter's mentality and the life of bushido. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. T. MCROBERTS
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair book at best on fighting. There are a lot better ones on the...
As a lifetime student of numerous martial arts and combative systems (Wrestling, Judo, Jujitsu, boxing, kickboxing, karate, mixed martial arts etc, etc, etc. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and engrossing
One part philosophical treatise, one part history of combat sports, Eugene S. Robinson brings the mind and the fist together for this amazing book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rob Vollmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight ! Fight ! Fight !
"Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking" is a very very good book:
-not a reality show on tv
-one perspective about reality... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D'Amour
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight:Everthing You Ever wanted to Know About Ass-kicking but Were...
A joy to read. A provocative look at physical aggression and the modern society that we live in and how it deals with physical violence.
Published on June 26, 2012 by Mikel LaChapelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight
Its a great book...enjoyable, well written and with a brilliant sense of humor. I highly recommend Mr E S Robinson writes us another book soon.
Published on January 29, 2012 by jasminblues
5.0 out of 5 stars All you gotta do in life is live
There's no magic or intrigue to the fight business, you just think there is. And you think you're such a pacifist at heart that there's nothing about this book that you could... Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Hannah
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like pictures and hate reading, this is the perfect book
Ok, the writer is obviously a fight fan, not really a fighter per se. This guy tries WAAAAAAAAAY too hard to be like dennis Miller by subjecting obscure hipster lingo and... Read more
Published on May 10, 2010 by Ronald D. Bruner Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Words from one who knows
Books about any non-fiction topic can be written by anyone with a publisher and access to Google. What gains a book quality, clout and "street-cred" is when a non-fiction topic is... Read more
Published on April 14, 2010 by John M. Ratigan
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't reccommend
I enjoy reading in general, and lately I've been doing alot of reading on fighting and training. I thought this book would be a good combination of humor and information but I... Read more
Published on February 18, 2010 by Bravoecho
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Eugene S. Robinson has written for GQ, Revolver, Real Fighter, Gladiator, Hustler's Busty Beauties, Harp, The Wire, Mac|Life, SF Weekly, Grappling Magazine, LA Weekly, Vice, Corporate Computing, Hustler, PC Gamer, and Decibel, among many others. He has also been Editor-in-Chief of Code and EQ magazines.

He grew up in New York City, where he first understood the surreal joy of a bloody nose gotten or given through fighting before coming west to Stanford and studying journalism, and extracurricular boxing, Kenpo karate, Muay Thai, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu. The 6'1", 210-pound Robinson, in addition to his work in magazine publishing, has also appeared in film, and on television [as well as being the vocalist and front man for the art brut quartet Oxbow] and was featured in "the worst movie of 1987" Bill Cosby's execrable Leonard Part 6, in Gus Van Sant-directed beer commercials and in a number of indie features playing everything from Preachers to intergalactic male prostitutes. His book FIGHT: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About A** Kicking But Were Afraid You'd Get Your A** Kicked for Asking [Harper Collins] was quickly followed by his novel A LONG SLOW SCREW [Robotic Boot/Hydrahead] last November.

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