"Stratton offers boxing fans a solidly researched, popularly written study of a complex, good man. A clear winner."
—Library Journal (starred)
"Stratton’s attention to detail is impressive, and he seems to have uncovered every little tidbit about Patterson's life both in and out of the ring, making this warm biography a must for boxing fanatics. An engaging, breezy portrait of an underappreciated boxing giant."
A "deftly written autobiography...Stratton reminds us of Floyd Patterson's remarkable talent, mortality, and determination."
"An even-handed, surprisingly readable account of one of America’s neglected sports figures."
"A well-researched and overdue tribute to Floyd Patterson. Like one of Patterson's reliable left hooks, Stratton sharply recounts the life of an important, but often forgotten, two-time world heavyweight champion."
—Gary Andrew Poole, author, PacMan: Behind The Scenes With Manny Pacquiao—The Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World
"Stratton provides some fascinating insight into, surely, the most inscrutable heavyweight champion we've ever had. His book about Floyd Patterson is comprehensive and sensitive, as it seeks to help us understand a man who seemed so temperamentally in contradiction to his profession."
—Frank Deford, author of Over Time and Everybody's All-American
"Floyd Patterson was one of the more beguiling and hypnotic figures to stride across the stage of twentieth-century boxing. W. K. Stratton tells the story of this proud and mannered man with insight and artful compassion."
—Wil Haygood, author of Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson
"W. K. Stratton's Floyd Patterson revives the life of a boxer who was larger outside the ring than within it, a boxer who had a heart and humanity (and courage) beyond what his fight record revealed. He overcame obstacles and persevered in a manner that his more ferocious opponents did not."
—Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life and The Silent Season of a Hero
"The extant literature on Floyd Patterson had heretofore been the province of often-fawning admirers, but with Floyd Patterson, W. K. Stratton has managed to produce a refreshingly honest and even-handed deconstruction of the owner of the uneasiest head to wear a crown this side of Henry IV."
"A knockout biography of the best boxer in 1950s and early 1960s America. From winning an Olympic Gold medal to developing the peek-a-boo stance that influenced Muhammad Ali, Patterson was a monumental influence on the boxing profession during its Cold War era heyday. Highly recommended!"
—Douglas Brinkley, bestselling biographer and professor of history at Rice University
W.K. (Kip) Stratton is the author of four books, including Backyard Brawl, Chasing the Rodeo, and Boxing Shadows. He has written for GQ, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Texas Observer, the Dallas Morning News, and others. He lives near Austin, Texas.
This book is a joke. All the same nonsense , quips, and same tired stereotypes this author adds nothing , knows nothing about Sonny Liston except what he heard on an ESPN... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dana T. Trudeau
Interesting take on little known champion. Very well written...Published 7 months ago by edward redington
I learned more about this great champion than I ever thought I would. I heard about the book on a radio interview with the author. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dennis Smith
Kip Stratton has done us a great service; he has taken a character that should have been written about in detail long ago and brought him back to life. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gary M. Lavergne
Quality book worth the money , Shows the difficult position he was put in Sonny and Ali shows what a great champion and man he was .Published 24 months ago by sonnylistonmichael
This book does a great job of going through and setting the stage for Floyds life. The events that lead home through his challenges and into boxing are discussed including his own... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Scott Sylvan Bell
For the boxing historians out there: this is for you
For the non-boxing fans looking for a good story: this is for you
For anyone that remembers Patterson... Read more
One thing about New York sports fans, they know when they have something special. When Floyd Patterson was fighting in his mid and late 30's to send his kids from his first... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Pugwash