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A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s Paperback – September 14, 2000
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However, Kahn's description of Dempsey's big fights and his preparation for them is outstanding. As well, his portrayal of the rivalry between Kearns and Rickard over the right to be Dempsey's most trusted promoter gives great insight into business and entertainment environment of the '20s. Indeed, it's when Kahn sticks to boxing that he gives real insight into Dempsey's times as well as the man himself -- mention of 500 gate crashers organizing themselves to attack an arena entrance at once to flood past the helpless ticket takers provides more insight into the era than any of Kahn's embarrassingly simplistic diversions into political or social history.
A final point about objectivity. Very few human beings are as honest and decent as Dempsey is portrayed here. If this was indeed the true Dempsey, more explanation is needed about why he was a largely hated champion throughout his career (Kahn's endless attacks on "hard right conservatives" who hounded Dempsey for alleged draft dodging in World War I is too pat explanation for anybody who doesn't have their own political ax to grind.)
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It is only the best sports book ever written. But then I have only read just about all of them including The Boys of Summer, Foul, Instant Replay, The Greatest Match Ever Played... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John B.
Big fight fan and in and around the game since my dear Irish-Catholic Dad sat me on his knee to listen to the radio circa 1948. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel F. Maloney
A Flame of Pure Fire Ordered from Amazon Kindle. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I read many books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark A. Leiter
What a splendid book! Jack Dempsey had long since retired by the time I became a fight fan in the late forties. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Thomas F. Murphy
I loved this book because it is the definitive biography of one could argue the greatest heavy weight of all time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sugafoot
Kahn did a wonderful job portraying Dempsey's personality, but even more so describing his fights and his times. This is one of my all time favorite bios.Published 19 months ago by David H. Eisenberg
...that places Jack Dempsey's personality and career in context with the culture that he lived in.A lot about the Roaring 20's, the Depression, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by almac