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Old 07-12-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Default "The Sweet Science" A.J Liebling book.

A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" bring vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of American boxing's heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis's unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring - a combination that prompted Sports Illustrated to name The Sweet Science the best American sports book of all time.


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Old 07-12-2007, 11:10 PM   #2
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Great book, hands down. And at least the best boxing book ever written. I don't read a lot of books regarding other sports.

However, as a reader of quite a lot of fiction and history and periodicals, I find it very telling how often Liebling is quoted or referenced by writers outside of the world of sports. I know I read an article this week in the NYT or on Slate that quoted him, without calling him a sports or boxing writer.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:03 AM   #3
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I own this book and thought it was a great read. Like Robert Anasi says in the introduction, it's tragic that Liebling didn't live to see Cassius Clay fight Sonny Liston and become Muhammad Ali
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:25 AM   #4
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I've wanted to get this book for ages. Liebling says some great shit about boxing.
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:35 AM   #5
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I read this book last year and thoroughly enjoyed, some great pieces in there
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:01 AM   #6
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i'm fairly certain i've got this somewhere and read it years ago.does it cover jimmy carter-aurojo fight?
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Old 07-14-2007, 04:41 AM   #7
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A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" bring vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of American boxing's heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis's unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring - a combination that prompted Sports Illustrated to name The Sweet Science the best American sports book of all time.


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Anyone read this book?. Opinions welcome.
One of the great boxing books ,written by a great writer.I wouldnt let my copy out of my house!I once had Larry Gains auto biography"The Impossible Dream",lent it to a "friend",never saw it again,once bitten.Other good books ,Once they Heard the Cheers by WC Heinz,in fact anything by him is great,In This Corner ,by Pete Heller,is terrific,biographies by Randy Roberts on Dempsey and Johnson are both good too.
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:18 AM   #8
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It's a work of art. Liebling and Mailer have done so much for boxing. They inject it with philosophy and class and have really made it something intellectual and almost spiritual. Boxing = Life
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Old 07-15-2007, 02:58 PM   #9
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Journalists who were also great writer's used to write extensively about boxing, not just sportsjournalists. Mencken, Liebling, Gallico, Rice, Gallico, and Plimpton to name a few. Now there aren't even any great sportsjournalists left, and they barely write about boxing at all.

Great novelists, poets, and playwrights like Hazlitt, Lord Byron, Jack London, George Bernard Shaw, Baldwin, and Mailer used to write about the sweet science.

Ah what the hell, at least we can still look forward to Rocky 7.
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:03 PM   #10
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Joyce Carol Oates- the overly prodigious fiction writer- also wrote this excellent book, On Boxing.

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Old 07-15-2007, 07:04 PM   #11
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Sports Illustrated called it the greatest book about sport...EVER.

It's a magnificent read, and some of the passages (particularly in reference to the Marciano-Moore fight) are nothing short of poetic.
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