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Fireside Book of Boxing Hardcover – January, 2000

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0671257706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671257705
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,093,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaywilton on December 13, 2005
You don't have to be a boxing fan to love the knockout writing in this boxing anthology;included are stories by Homer(from The Iliad),Victor Hugo,Ernest Hemingway and Virgil(from The Aeneid).

For some crazy reason,WC Heinz,who edited the anthology didn't include his own masterpiece,'Brownsville Bum' about Bummy Davis;but does include classics like "pre-feminist" Nellie Bly's

1889 terrific take on 'A Visit With John L. Sullivan',a remarkable piece on the first Jewish

world champ,Daniel Mendoza, 'From Street Fighting to Fame'from Mendoza's autobiography published in 1826 and one about my own favorite boxer,Benny Leonard( a draw with Barney Ross) by Heywood Broun in 1922,titled 'The Orthodox Champion'..."But traditions are not to be despised .Form may be just as tough in fiber as rebellion. Not all the steadfastness of the world belongs to heretics.Even though his hair was mussed and his nose bleeding,Benny continued faithful to the established order.At last his chance came.The young child of nature who was challenging for the championship dropped his guard and Leonard hooked a powerful and entirely orthodox blow to the conventional point of the jaw.Down went Rocky Kansas.His past life flashed before him during the nine seconds in which he remained on the floor and he wished he had been more faithful as a child in heeding the advice of his boxing teacher.After all,the old masters did know something.There is still a kick in style,and tradition carries a nasty wallop."
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