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The Gentleman Boxer: The Story of a Fighter in the Roaring Twenties Hardcover – August 14, 2012
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About the Author
Use at back of book. Ion Grumeza is the author of the international best seller about sports hero Nadia Comaneci, Nadia: The Success Secrets of the Amazing Romanian Gymnast, and of several non-fiction history books, including Dacia: Land of Transylvania, Ancient Cornerstone of Eastern Europe, 500 B.C.-A.D. 500; The Roots of Balkanization: Eastern Europe, C.E. 500-1500; and Admiring the Goose-steps: How Hitler Succeeded in Intimidating the World Powers. Grumeza had formal boxing training in his native Romania, and he created and managed a boxing program for a YMCA in Connecticut. He resides in Louisville, KY, where he lectures for the Veritas Society at Bellarmine University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book does a great job of painting a picture of its time when boxing was king--although illegal in a lot of states. Because of the criminal element in boxing (gambling/gangsters), some states would not allow decisions to be rendered to discourage betting. Therefore, newspaper decisions were made the day following the fights. Sports writers were often paid by promoters to write favorably for their fighters. A boxer with the right promoter could get far in the sport, even if he lacked talent. One example being heavyweight Primo Carnera. This is the type of atmosphere Joe Grimm and to try to navigate his way through to a title. He was all about family and any money he earned in the ring went to support them. Eventually, out of frustration he decided to hang 'em up and work full time in his family's grocery store. There, he was a success. But it begs the question: What could've been?
Overall, I give the book 5 stars because it places you firmly in its setting and makes the characters real. Any diehard or casual/sports fan will enjoy it.
Billy C from the International Boxing Talk TV & Radio Program, Talkin Boxing With Billy C
I just finished reading a book called The Gentleman Boxer, by Ion Grumeza.
It's a story about my great Uncle, Joe Grimm.
His real name was Joseph Hashim, and he was my grandmother's little brother.
This is the story of boxing in the roaring 1920's.
It's a must read if you fall into any of the following categories;
Related to Joe Grimm
You Have Lebanese Heritage
You're from Pittsfield, MA
Or Fall River, MA
Or New Bedford, MA
Or Bayonne, NJ
You Have Ancestors Who Boxed
You Loved the Movie Cinderella Man
You Believe in Hard Work
You Believe in Family
You Hate Corruption
You Love an Underdog
You Love a Gentleman
You Love Lebanese Food
I probably could go on for another hour or so, but, I don't want to delay you from buying your copy of The Gentleman Boxer.
If you do read it and notice the name Louis Massery, playing a prominent role guiding the Hashim family, I hope you say, it runs in the family.
That was my Jiddoo (grandfather).
If you're not sure if Joe Grimm was a great fighter, I have just a few words to say that will change your mind;
24 Knock Outs in a row.
Awesome man, awesome book.
Thank you Ion...you brought me ions of laughs and tears.
The e-version is a bargain at $3.99