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Esquire (website), 2/17/12
“It's about fighting, but it's also about watching and listening, and it's about patience, and honing, and craft, and sparseness, and beauty, and crushing, awful defeat.”
Men’s Journal,11 Best Cult Sports Books, 1/18/13
“The author of this book received two congratulatory notes upon its publication in 1958: one from Elmore Leonard and the other from Ernest Hemingway, who called it ‘the only good novel I’ve ever read about a fighter.’…Style-wise, the book owes much to Papa—though it deserves its own championship belt.”
This edition comes with a foreward by Elmore Leonard, and I can see why. W. C. Heinz was an excellent writer, who stripped things down to their absolute essentials. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jim M.
A good book and worth reading, but beware that Elmore Leonard's forward gives away the ending in citing a passage from the original New Yorker review. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reader
A reporter, a manager, a boxer—men of character, insight and integrity.
Read The Professional for the nuances of boxing in the dawn of television and love it for those... Read more
Very clean prose mindful of Hemingway and Steinbeck. My regret is that Heinz was not more prolific with his novels.
The best fiction book on boxing I have ever read. Outstanding.Published 5 months ago by James F Conley
Written in Ernest Hemingway's signature minimalist style, THE PROFESSIONAL is a fine, unsparing novel that chronicles top contender Eddie Brown's quest for the middleweight title... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Brockmeyer
Hemmingway was quoted as saying "The Professional is the best novel about a boxer that I have ever read ...". Same for me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by George Keen