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Old 10-15-2007, 03:31 PM   #1
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I'm currently doing a project for school which involves building a mock library, and I need 10 books about the sport which have received positive reviews from a reputable book reviewer (e.g. New York Times, Guardian, etc.)

Thus far, I've come up with the following list:

1. The Sweet Science, by A.J. Liebling
2. Ringside, by Budd Schulberg
3. Beyond the Glory, by David Margolik
4. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, by Thomas Hauser
5. A Savage Business, by Richard Hoffer
6. Unforgivable Blackness, by Geoffrey C. Ward

But, I'm kind of stuck. Any ideas?

(Note...I need a book and a positive review).
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:55 PM   #2
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The harder they fall...Budd Schulberg

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Old 10-15-2007, 04:02 PM   #3
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Hurricane: The life of Rubin Carter, Fighter: James S. Hirch

"A biblical tale of persecution, punishment and redemption" New York Times

"Engrossing" The (London) Times

"A Great story like this is drenched in the shame of those who made such a traversty posssible" Irish Independent
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:03 PM   #4
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"On Boxing" by Joyce Carol Oates

"In This Corner" by Peter Heller

I have no reviews of the first, but I think you could dig them up somewhere on the internet.
For "In This Corner"--"The most remarkable book about boxing I have ever read, because it is about so much else-poverty, lack of education, crime, hunger, racial hatred and rough humor during the making of America." London Times
"Affecting . . . funny, informative, and wholly without pose." New York Times Book Review
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:13 PM   #5
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So, have a total of eight that I can use.

1. The Sweet Science, by A.J. Liebling
2. Ringside, by Budd Schulberg
3. Beyond the Glory, by David Margolik
4. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, by Thomas Hauser
5. A Savage Business, by Richard Hoffer
6. Unforgivable Blackness, by Geoffrey C. Ward
7. In This Corner, by Peter Heller
8. Hurricane: The Life of Rubin Carter, Fighter, by James S. Hirch

Any more?
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:13 PM   #6
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I would ditch His Life and Times and look at Ghosts of Manilla instead. Darker flavour but a less syrupy work.

Any room for fiction? Boxing's Best Short story, ED. Paul Staudohar is a worthy effort.

In my opinion, if you are an American, something on Braddock is as important as having something on Ali, and also look to Ring of Hate about the Schmeling v Louis fight.

Finally, if you're struggling for reviews, Amazon always has a couple on most books.

Good luck, let us know how you go.


EDIT: I missed that you got Beyond Glory, which I like better than Ring of Hate anyway.
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:15 PM   #7
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I'm currently doing a project for school which involves building a mock library, and I need 10 books about the sport which have received positive reviews from a reputable book reviewer (e.g. New York Times, Guardian, etc.)

Thus far, I've come up with the following list:

1. The Sweet Science, by A.J. Liebling
2. Ringside, by Budd Schulberg
3. Beyond the Glory, by David Margolik
4. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, by Thomas Hauser
5. A Savage Business, by Richard Hoffer
6. Unforgivable Blackness, by Geoffrey C. Ward

But, I'm kind of stuck. Any ideas?

(Note...I need a book and a positive review).
Mcilvanney on Boxing.

A brilliant read from various pieces he done for newspapers over the years, including The Observer and The Sunday Times. I cannot recommed it high enough.

And McGrain. I will come up to Inverness and batter you with a wet a slamon if you haven't read the book. A Scottish journalist and one of the best on the British Isles.
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:15 PM   #8
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:20 PM   #9
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Hugh McIlvanney is a sports journalist, and a regular winner of the fiercely contested UK Sports Writer of the Year award, he also has the distinction of being the only sports writer to have been voted Journalist of the Year. This collection contains the best of his writing on his first great passion, boxing. The book features in-depth analysis of the build-up, climax and aftermath of over 25 showdowns including: Muhammad Ali versus Henry Cooper (1966); Joe Frazier versus Muhammad Ali (1971); George Foreman versus Ken Norton (1974); Eusebio Pedvora versus Barry McGuigan (1985); Lloyd Honeyghan versus Marlon Starling (1989); and Mike Tyson versus Frank Bruno (1989).
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:23 PM   #10
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McIlvanney on Boxing


Hugh McIlvanney is a sports journalist, and a regular winner of the fiercely contested UK Sports Writer of the Year award, he also has the distinction of being the only sports writer to have been voted Journalist of the Year. This collection contains the best of his writing on his first great passion, boxing. The book features in-depth analysis of the build-up, climax and aftermath of over 25 showdowns including: Muhammad Ali versus Henry Cooper (1966); Joe Frazier versus Muhammad Ali (1971); George Foreman versus Ken Norton (1974); Eusebio Pedvora versus Barry McGuigan (1985); Lloyd Honeyghan versus Marlon Starling (1989); and Mike Tyson versus Frank Bruno (1989).
I was thinking of including The Hardest Game, and I certainly would...if I could find a decent review on the net (sadly, Amazon reviews aren't considered acceptable for this course.)

The RING would be acceptable, if that helps.

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"The Ageless Warrior: The Life of Boxing Legend Archie Moore" by Mike Fitzgerald
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"The Ageless Warrior: The Life of Boxing Legend Archie Moore" by Mike Fitzgerald
I do like that book - but i've never read a book so keen to sweep losses under the carpet/excuse them, and i'm including SRR literature in that.
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And McGrain. I will come up to Inverness and batter you with a wet a slamon if you haven't read the book. A Scottish journalist and one of the best on the British Isles.

...book yourself a train ticket me friend!

It's on the list (but the list goes on forever).
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:32 PM   #14
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FOR SCHOOL!!!!

Shock, horror!!!

How old are you Drew?
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:39 PM   #15
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FOR SCHOOL!!!!

Shock, horror!!!

How old are you Drew?
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But aren't they in school up to mid forties in the US?
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