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Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking Hardcover – November 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061189227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061189227
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

“Eugene Robinson [goes] where few journalists gonzo or otherwise are willing to tread…a wild and hugely entertaining ride.” (A.C. Thompson, investigative reporter and co-author of Torture Taxi)

About the Author

Eugene Robinson has written for GQ, The Wire, Grappling Magazine, LA Weekly, Vice Magazine, Hustler, and Decibel, among many others. He has also been Editor-in-Chief of Code and EQ. He grew up in New York City, where he first understood the surreal joy of a bloody nose obtained through fighting. The 6'1", 235-pound Robinson has worked in magazine publishing, film, and television. He has studied boxing, Kenpo karate, Muay Thai (mixed martial arts), wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Robinson is also the vocalist and front man for Oxbow, a rock group-cum-fight club whose most recent album, The Narcotic Story, will be released in 2007. He lives in the San Francisco area.


More About the Author

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.

More? eugeneSrobinson.com or facebook.com/eugenerobinson


And, a commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G-a6qbno5M

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Its a great book...enjoyable, well written and with a brilliant sense of humor.
jasminblues
If you like people getting punched in the face, and reading (yeah, it's possible!), you'll like this.
Alain Lavoie
After reading it I bought another copy for a friend and the Audio book for myself.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Scott Meredith on February 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By book fan on December 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 By Daniel N. Stevenson on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Roy J. Oakes on May 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Matthew Modist on August 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By bigeyes on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Mark Mazon on August 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Lucky Gargano on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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