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The Book of Boxing Hardcover – February 24, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sport Media Publishing (February 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894963172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894963176
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,619,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

No other sport can boast a body of literature that begins with Homer, Theocritus, and Plato; advances through Virgil; matures through the pens of O. Henry, Jack London, and George Bernard Shaw; and flourishes in the hands of Hemingway, Norman Mailer, and David Remnick. But then, boxing is such a primal experience that it draws a distinctly muscular prose from writers who've gotten close enough to stand toe to toe and take it on.

W.C. Heinz, one of the 20th century's towering sports writers, and Nathan Ward have pulled together a remarkable literary stable of fiction, reportage, poetry, profiles, essays, and commentaries to build a tome worthy of being called The Book of Boxing. It's an anthology with a punch, certainly; but like boxing itself, it is aboutboth art and strength, finesse and force, defeat and victory. Fight aficionados will find plenty of old friends here: all of the above, for starters, plus Frank Menke's classic account of the Dempsey-Firpo brawl, Jimmy Cannon, Joe Louis, Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila, and James T. Farrell's brutal short story, "Twenty-Five Bucks." But you don't have to be a fight fan to appreciate the action; aficionados of good writing should just take a ringside seat and prepare to be knocked out again and again. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Nathan Ward lives in Brooklyn, New York, not that far from the waterfront that figures in Dark Harbor.
Before this project, he worked on the staffs of American Heritage and Library Journal, and has written
for the Village Voice, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. With the late
W.C. Heinz, he edited a boxing anthology, The Book of Boxing, but Dark Harbor is his first book.

Allen Barra wrote in The Daily Beast that "Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront, is true crime done right, sharply researched and written with an economy of language and a minimum of conjecture and as atmospheric as a 2 a.m. stroll down the wharf on a late October night."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allen Barra on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is absolutely the best book on boxing currently in print. If you're a boxing fan, it's a must-have; to collect the original books where all these great essays and stories originally appeared would require an entire library. If you're not knowledgable on boxing but have often found yourself curious about its lore and legend, this is the place to start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ELLEN A. on January 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's great to see this collection out again; I remember reading it with my father and brother when I was a kid. Now Heinz and Ward have made it better than ever, with the best pieces of newspaper writing, fiction, and even poetry ever composed about the sweet science. It covers everything, from Homer in the Iliad right up through the Holyfield/Tyson "bite fight." (ouch!) Plus‹a portfolio of good boxing shots in the middle. This is just the sort of terrific compilation that we need to raise kids on today, and give them some sense of what's best, and what lasts about sports.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. P. Keim on December 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Thoroughly enjoyable. The book presents some of the cleanest yet literary sports writing ever on a sport that is woefully under covered. Mr. Ward chose perfectly, marrying a historical overview of the sport with the beauty of it. I just hope this book will not be buried on the bottom shelf where too many great sports books are left to die.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
W.C. Heinz and Nathan Ward's Book Of Boxing is also a winner, though less visually packed: text with selected illustrations peppered throughout covers the finest writers of the sport, revealing their observations, the events which marked boxing history, and its dark side. An intriguing survey will fascinate any boxing fan.
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