- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Library of America (August 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781598532050
- ISBN-13: 978-1598532050
- ASIN: 1598532057
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing: A Library of America Special Publication Paperback – August 30, 2012
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About the Author
GEORGE KIMBALL (1943–2011) was a longtime sportswriter (Boston Herald) and the author of Four Kings: Leonrad, Hagler, Hearns, and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing.
JOHN SCHULIAN was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Philadelphia Daily News before moving to Hollywood, where he was the co-creator of Xena: Warrior Princess. He is the author of Writers’ Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists. Both are recipients of the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, awarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
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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.
, 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)