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A "Fearless" Biography,
This review is from: The Fearless Harry Greb: Biography of a Tragic Hero of Boxing (Paperback)
A "Fearless" biography of the relatively unknown but incredible boxer, Harry Greb.
I've been looking forward to a book that puts together all of the pieces of Greb's incredible life since I discovered the harrygreb.com website about 8 years ago. It makes so much sense that the the book I have been waiting for has been written by the very creator of that website.
The book is incredibly well researched and documented. There are over 120 amazing and rare photographs, (most of which are not on the above mentioned Greb website) and almost 800 end-notes! It seems that every fact and statement is backed up with the source, mostly previously uncovered newspaper documentation. The facts are not just stated, but woven into a story that gives an understanding into what made Greb tick. Whenever a fight venue, location or opponent is discussed in the text usually a great photograph to goes along with it.
"The Fearless Harry Greb" is more than just an interesting biography and analysis of the mysterious Greb, however. It reads like an "American Experience" in book form. The descriptions of Greb's early years are full of details of what life was like during the early 20th century.
An example of the depth of research is the chapter that delves into the mystery behind Greb's blindness. One of the remarkable aspects of his life and proof of his temerity is that he fought for years while blind in his right eye! Greb had to keep this a secret from his opponents, of course, so very little information about how and when this occurred has been known. This has always been one of the mysteries behind the Greb legend. Paxton has not only uncovered when and how this injury occurred, but has also done in depth research and consultations with retinal detachment surgeons who have analyzed and described the structural damages that happened to Greb's eye. A unique and interesting diagram further explains the progression and type of damage that eventually blinded Greb.
Although written for boxing scholars and historians (as evidenced by the documented and referenced chapter notes) I would recommend "The Fearless Harry Greb" to any reader that is interested in history, athletic triumph over adversity or just an amazing story.
When is the movie coming out about this truly heroic, astonishing and unknown athlete?!