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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2 edition (August 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306806037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Boxing fans should welcome this chance to hear their favorites speak in their own voices, as well as learn more or less firsthand about fight managers, white hopes, and the continual encroaching of the underworld on the sport," said LJ's reviewer of this volume in which Heller interviews 40 former titleholders (LJ 9/1/73). This edition has been revised and expanded.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Peter Heller is the author of Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story. A sports producer for ABC News, he lives in Putnam Valley, New York and Boca Raton, Florida.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Although the edition I have is pretty old and the most recent interviews were taken in the 1970s this book is still a fantastic look at the lifes of many of the 20th centuries top boxers. Each boxers story is told in a single chapter and in their OWN words. Its brilliant reading about how these champions grew up, what led them to boxing and how they have survived. As well as the Jack Dempsey's, Jake LaMotta's many other 'lesser known' boxers are featured but their stories are just, if not more interesting. A great insight into 20th century american life from those whose lifes have often been the hardest.
Great reading!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
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This is a wonderful book. It is the type of book one savours as one might enjoy a good glass of wine or an extrordinary meal. As a history teacher I've used it in the classroom to explain historical periods and sports. You buy this one! You will not be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By feedthecat on June 8, 2009
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As author Peter Heller writes in his preface, "It's my hope that this book will show (the) human side (of the fighters whose interviews appear within), their private thoughts, recollections, triumphs, and disappointments ... (t)his is simply a volume of thoughts and recollections, tempered by time and circumstance, as these men remember it, or wish to remember it." Although some of the boxers, such as Johnny Wilson and Tommy Loughran, had still clearly retained their pride (in the worst sense of the word), arrogance, and conceit over the years, most are honest, open, and matter-of-fact in their descriptions of their ring battles and some, like Fidel LaBarba and Jimmy McLarnin, are very modest about their accomplishments and gracious toward their former adversaries and this is what makes this book so enjoyable a read.

I must note, though, that the reason I gave this volume "only" four stars was because the author did not ask his interviewees many of the questions that one would figure he ought to have asked, such as whom the fighter believed to have been his best opponent, whom he believed to have been the best fighter in his division's history, etc, etc. Although the recollections of the champs, as they appear in the book, seem to be spontaneous, free-flowing "soliloquies" about their lives and careers, Heller, as he states in his preface, had, in fact, edited their statements, at least insofar as to "eliminat[e] the irrelevant or the uninteresting, EDIT OUT MY QUESTIONS, and restructure them for a sense of time and place. But the basic material is unaltered" [my emphasis].)

Nevertheless, the recollections of the fighters interviewed are, as a whole, quite compelling.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on October 3, 2006
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More than 40 world boxing champions tell their stories in this book, and some of them are fascinating. I especially enjoyed the defiant discourse of Roberto Duran, the colorful stories of Archie Moore (especially his conversation about his rivalry with Jimmy Bivins, who hit him so hard with a late punch that his mouth was numb for months), and Carmen Basilio, who steadfastly maintains that Sugar Ray Robinson was overrated.

I liked Emile Griffith's poignant retelling of what transpired before and after his fateful third meeting with Benny "Kid" Paret. It was interesting to listen to James J Braddock talk about his fights with Max Baer and Joe Louis and what his life was like after retirement.

This is a knockout of a book, and all boxing fans should read it at least once.

Rev. Marc Axelrod
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William D. Tompkins on September 28, 2003
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i gave this 4 stars for the hard work on the road the author put to gather these interviews from boser--a lot of whom probably we never would not have heard from again if he did not compile these interviews
my criticisms of the book are that a lot of the writing from both the author and subjects are too many run on sentences flowing endlessly making it hard to stay interested
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Battleship on November 14, 2012
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Peter Heller went through the arduous task of interviewing many living boxers who were some of the most significant fighters in the history of the sport. He had interviews with as many fighters as he could find and who were willing to talk to him. The result of the labor was that Heller preserved an oral boxing history that is second-to-none.

Heller lets each fighter explain his story in his own words. The reader can get a good sense of the era in which each boxer came of age. You can get a good idea of what boxing was like in the "Roaring Twenties" in his interview with Jack Dempsey. You can get a good idea of the discrimination African-American boxers suffered in reading accounts by Archie Moore.

There is great diversity on the part of the boxers profiled. There are lightweights and heavyweights. There are Italian, Jewish, Irish, and Latino fighters profiled. There are fighters from before World War I and there were some who were active in the 1960's.

Heller let each fighter explain his story with his own voice. Some fighters focused on strictly boxing; others focused on economic privation or racial issues. I enjoyed this book and think it is a unique resource that should be cherished by serious boxing fans. Casual fans may find this book to be too detailed and may have diffiuclty following the specifics in each story. Seasoned boxing fans and students of history will love the book.
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