Chosen for Booklist Online's 10 Top Sports Books of 2009
"Kimball's accounts of the fights are riveting blow-by-blows, the 'big event' context is palpably rendered, and each of the fighters reemerges from the mists of memory as colorful and compelling as ever. Boxing fans . . . will savor Kimball's work." Booklist
"Boxing's last Golden Age gets the book it deserves. Kimball's breezy, detail-packed book . . . provides vivid, knowledgeable accounts of the action. He also draws clear colorful portraits of [the] four fighters." Sports Illustrated
"George Kimball is one of America's best-loved sportswriters and Four Kings shows why. With skill, grace, and humor, he brings to life a remarkable era and four uniquely gifted athletes." Jeremy Schaap, ESPN reporter and author, Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History
"Four Kings is a thriller and George Kimball a prince among sportswriters . . . an epic poem of a book, a book that lifts the heart." Frank McCourt, author, Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man
"Kimball writes with insight and humor. The bigger the fight, the better he tells it." Thomas Hauser, author, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
"A a terrific book. Kimball was there and never missed a moment of it. His account of the fighters, the fights and the colorful supporting players is rich with insights and details." Vincent Patrick, author, The Pope of Greenwich Village and Family Business
Highly recommended, especially for the casual fan!
George Kimball does a great job of weaving the stories of the 4 main players together, while also giving insight into the other individuals who were involved as well.
"Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing" radiates the feeling boxing fans had in these glorious days.
Not only great stories about the actual fights but much said about how the fights ended up being a real insiders viewPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very good read. Good insight into what made the four boxers tick.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having watched just about every fight these four
Legends were in, this book took me back to those
days and nights past. Read more
Well written with great insights into the intertwined careers of four great fighters. The rivalries of talent, brute force and dynamic persona made for captivating sports drama at... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Jacob
What a great book the only negative is how depressed it makes you feel about the sorry current state of boxing.Published 6 months ago by AP
Excellent, followed the careers of four of the best and Kimball's writing was exceptional making it easy to relive the times when there were four kings. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Tom M.
Great book on boxing in the '80s. Really brings back the exciting era of Duran, Leonard, Hagler and Hearns. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mike Scott