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At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing (Library of America) Hardcover – March 3, 2011
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About the Author
COLUM McCANN is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels and two collections of stories. His most recent novel, TransAtlantic, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and his previous novel, Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.
Top Customer Reviews
jack london has done this, and richard wright, and mencken, liebling, mailer, hamill, plimpton, talese, james baldwin, jimmy cannon, joyce carol oates, and others; and george kimball -- an assayer of the sport in his own time -- has assembled them in one good volume. if you enjoy a writer pestering a typewriter into pulped wood the way a jabber dances around a slugger and you like the way that work puffs air freshly into faded memories and storied affairs of more than a century, then this is the collection for you. the assembly so tried kimball, incidentally, that it required an assistant, john schulian, to retire him to his stool and end it.
A wonderful reminder that the world was different and better mannered.
Writings of numerous, well respected writers and plenty of precious photographs
, Now we know why Don King and Bob Arum are rich and most of their fighters are either dead or dead assed broke........
A great tale all written by many boxers. managers, trainers, promoters and groupies from this generation.....
Almost all of them were out to clip as much money as they could from any fighter that allowed them to get their hands in their pockets.
I am so old that I go back to the Gilette Calvalade of Sports my Dad used to let watch with him and his buddies on our 8 in back and white TV that was in a consul with a "sterio" lol and a huge radio...
Man I learned to cuss and swear and found out then much to my disappointment that boxing was crooked, But I loved it up until the so called Super Champions were getting 3 and 4 shots at holding their titles while they were trying to stick us up for 50 bucks or more on TV.
This has the details.....It's a fun and interesting book to read.....
The sport was overrun with criminals and the Boxers were flat out screwed.
I am now geeked I just found a well reveiwed book about Jerry Quarry and should start it in the next few days,,,,,
It's worth buying if you like real life gossip like I do.......with no bull chit
They Talk about Frazier and Ali and how both were Tigers in the ring yet gentelman out ( except when they had to put on their promotional fight face lol)
SunPost Weekly May 12, 2011 John Hood
Boxing may not be the glory sport it once was back in its heyday -- and if last weekend's Manny Pacquiao/Shane Mosley bout was any indication, it's not gonna be either. But at its best, and its brightest, there's something brutally beautiful about the sweet science. No one knows this better than those who throw words around for a living, who find in the fistic not just the stuff of legend, but a veritable parallel to their own craft.
"What you have with a fight is what you have with writing, and they each become metaphors for each other -- the ring, the page; the punch, the word; the choreograhy, the keyboard; the feint, the suggestion; the bucket, the wastebasket; the sweat, the edit; the pretender, the critic; the bell, the deadline. There's the showoff shuffle, the mingled blood on your glove, the spitting your teeth up at the end of the day."
That's what Irish wordslinger Colum McCann claims in his Foreward to At the Fights (The Library of America $35). And it's a cinch that each and every writer featured in this robust collection would wholeheartedly agree. What McCann didn't mention though, was that, like fighters, many of writers featured here would boast their accounts to be the singlemost ass-kicking pieces ever put to print.
Okay, so maybe I exaggerate -- a little. For every Norman Mailer and Jack London, there's a good dozen like the late, great A.J. Liebling, whose prose was so forceful and fluid it stood toe-to-toe with even the most blow-hardiest of braggarts, and in many cases whipped their asses to boot. (It's no wonder The Library of America also collected Liebling's The Sweet Science and Other Writings.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book on boxing. I am no longer a boxing fan, but I used to follow the sport back in the 70s and 80s, and a lot of the essays in this volume cover that era. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peter E. McGinn
This collection of boxing writing is outstanding. These writers are literary giants, and it was a pleasure to read them. I particularly enjoyed Dick Schaap, A.J. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tom MacDonald
Wheres the beef? The book lacked"soul and passion". For the most part a collection of "ho,hum," pieces on boxing.Published 17 months ago by William Weinstein
The book was not what i thought it would be, so i gave it to my friend, British Heavyweight Boxer, Audley Harrison and he LOVED IT.
The book was a gift and the person thoroughly enjoyed the stories by the various authors! Wonderful stories by these great authors! Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Gloria N.
front row and center to the action in the ring and direct takes and thoughts about an incredible sport that at one time was the end all be all. a timeless insightful book. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
A deep and thorough history, chronicling the Sweet Science, by noted sports journalists, members of the broader literary community, and in a few cases boxers themselves, including... Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Thomas McIntyre