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My View from the Corner: A Life in Boxing 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071477390
ISBN-10: 007147739X
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Dundee, a Hall of Fame corner man who has worked alongside 15 world boxing champions, recalls his life and times at ringside with the help of Sugar, renowned boxing storyteller and editor. Together they trace a corner career that has taken Dundee (born in 1923) from boxing's first televised bouts to the heavyweight pay-per-view spectacles of today. Dundee brings to the corner a unique and wide set of skills, acting as trainer, doctor, coach and psychologist all at once. Between tales of the last century's biggest title bouts, the authors provide an in-depth look at sparring, psyching out an opponent, closing and dressing cuts, the politics of weigh-ins and the science of opponent selection. Pulling no punches in this memoir, Dundee readily addresses rumors that he loosened the ropes before the Rumble in the Jungle, allowing Ali to pull off the now famous rope-a-dope victory against Foreman. He references legends like this in the same humorous and spirited voice with which he admits to spraying goo on his head to cover up his baldness, until it started to melt under the hot ringside lights and freaked out one of his fighters. This book's appeal lies in Dundee's colorful and punchy personality, as he enlivens the prose with entertaining, Yogi Berra–like jokes, tautologies and euphemisms. It's no surprise that Dundee helped Ali develop his famous rhymes. (Dec.)
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"The book is written in a highly conversational tone, and by the end the reader will know precisely what it is like to listen to the Bill Walsh of boxing hold court on the exotic art of the cornerman."
--New York Times Book Review

"Nobody in boxing has more or better stories."
--Dave Anderson, New York Times

"For fight fans this is peaches and cream. Read it and see for yourself."
--Bill Gallo, New York Daily News

"[H]ere's one for the fans: an as-close-up-as-you-can-get view of boxing's biggest, baddest personalities and poundings."
-Men's Journal

"The teaming of esteemed boxing trainer Angelo Dundee and Bert Randolph Sugar, perhaps the best boxing writer around, produces a lively and insightful look at professional boxing in the second half of the 20th century… His fascinating portraits of Ali, Leonard and Foreman make this a terrific read."
--Library Journal

"Versatile boxing writer Bert Randolph Sugar and Angelo Dundee have put together a story that has the crispness of a Leonard jab and the bombast of an Ali news conference-snappy, brassy and sarcastic. It's a powerful tale, with a few Berra-isms thrown in for good measure."
--Tampa Tribune

"This book's appeal lies in Dundee's colorful and punchy personality, as he enlivens the prose with entertaining, Yogi Berra-like jokes, tautologies and euphemisms. It's no surprise that Dundee helped Ali develop his famous rhymes."
--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007147739X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071477390
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lonya VINE VOICE on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee is on my list of people I would most love to sit in a saloon with so I could just listen to them talk. He always seemed like one of those guys who can tell a story, and then another story, and then another story each one better than the last until the bell rings for last call and you get up off your bar stool and make your way home. And that is the feeling I got reading Dundee's "My View from the Corner: A Life in Boxing."

This is or has the feel of an `as told to' book with famed boxing writer (and great story teller in his own right) Bert Randolph Sugar. We have Angelo Dundee talking to Bert Sugar about boxing, the universe, and everything and the result is a book that makes you feel as is you really were sitting next to Dundee and Sugar in your local bar.

The book is roughly divided into three parts. In the first, we hear about Dundee's youth and introduction (through his older brother Chris) into the world of boxing and his early stable of fighters, most notably light heavyweight Willie Pastrano. The second and biggest part takes us through Dundee's years with Muhammad Ali, from his days as Cassius Clay, through his last days as a fighter. The third and final part covers Dundee's post-Ali years with Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman (during his second stint as the lovable, heavy, old timer).

Dundee's style is conversational and reads more like the transcript of his conversations with Sugar than it does a conventional piece of writing and I think this works perfectly. It isn't pretentious or smug; it is just Dundee being Dundee and that's pretty darn good.

Dundee's discussion of his relationship with his fighters, particularly Ali, is the heart of "My View from the Corner".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Todd Gack on January 14, 2008
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As as-told-to books go, this one was better than most simply because Angelo Dundee has led such an interesting life as a boxing trainer for some of the greatest boxers in the latter half of the 20th century. The writer, Burt Sugar, however, injects far too many modern cultural references that I just don't believe a man like Angelo would say, making the effort look contrived and phony. That aside, however, this is a fascinating read for those who even have a passing interest in boxing.

The book divides his life and career into three phases: pre-Ali, Ali, and post-Ali. While there is plenty of boxing in the storyline, it doesn't provide blow-by-blow accounts of every fight. Instead, the lead-up to the fight is discussed followed by a few key observations about the fight itself making the book flow at a quite snappy pace. In fact, you have to read closely in places as 2 or 3 years can elapse between paragraphs which you might otherwise pass right over.

The bulk of the narrative centers upon Angelo's long relationship with Muhammmed Ali, spanning the years when a young Cassius Clay meets Angelo through the last of his several retirements. By far, these pages are the most interesting of the book. They really help turn Ali into a likeable person who seems like he would be very entertaining to be around.

The first and third sections aren't so interesting. The first because he talks about his work with fighters of whom I have never heard. The last part, which really focuses upon Sugar Ray Leonard, was OK but he just didn't really depict Leonard as much beyond being a greater fighter.

All-in-all, this is a very readable book about an interesting person who was associated with interesting people. Except for the cultural references I mentioned before, this is a very good read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Todd Sentell on November 5, 2007
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As a longtime boxing fan and recreational boxer, my heart skipped a beat ... just like when you see that hard right hand quickly heading toward your nose ... when I saw this wonderful book on the bookstore shelf. And what great timing. I have long imagined what Dundee, along with the great boxing writer and historian Sugar, would put together ... and it's a book I read with utter fascination.

Dundee's years with Ali are the highlight of the memoir, but his beginnings in training and his life working with other fighters, famous and not so famous, are just as satisfying. Here's a man who devoted nearly his entire life to training the finest athletes in the world ... professional boxers ... and the result, knowing he's retired now, is a beautiful and bittersweet rendering of his life in the gym and in the corner ... and the lives of those who won a lot because of Angelo Dundee.

Hell, I personally know how hard it is just to land one solid punch in three rounds of sparring. Now here's a book that wins you over on every page. What a treat. What a boxing education. Thanks, Angelo and Bert. You both get your arms raised by me.

Reviewer Todd Sentell is the author of the wildly irreverent and hilarious social satire, TOONAMINT OF CHAMPIONS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on January 4, 2008
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Angelo Dundee is famous for being the trainer for Muhammad Ali and for Sugar Ray Leonard. But he also worked with Carmen Basilio, Willie Pastrano, Luis Rodriguez, and later with George Foreman.

The book is alternately humorous and inspiring, as Dundee spins yarn after yarn from his years as an illustrious trainer. The bulk of the book is about his years with Ali, and he clears the air as to what really happened between the fourth and fifth rounds of the fist Henry Copper fight, as well as what was up with the loose ropes in Zaire in the 1974 Ali-Foreman fight. Ali fans will have heard all this before, and Dundee doesn't give you an unbiased opinion of the Ali years. He still thinks that the second Leon Spinks fight was a vintage Ali performance (when in fact, Ali looked terrible and Spinks was worse).

Dundee rarely has a bad thing to say about anyone, but he did have problems with Leonard's manager Mike Trainer, who was always trying to withhold money from Dundee.

And it sounds like Dundee didn't get paid as much for his years with Ali as a person might have expected.

Bert Randolph Sugar helped Angelo to write this book, and it shows every time the text tells us that someone "beat the bejabbers" out of another guy (a favorite and overused expression by Sugar).

But the book is nostalgic and fun and a recommended read! Long live Angelo Dunde!
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