John Ochs has written a three volume set on the life of Jack Hurley, famed boxing manger who handled the likes of Billy Petrolle, Harry Kid Matthews, Boone Kirkman, Lem Franklin and many others. These books paint an incredibly rich and detailed history of boxing from the 1910s thru the 1970s. Its remarkable just how plugged in Hurley was and how he seems to be the Forrest Gump of boxing. Whenever a major story from boxing history is taking place Hurley is involved in some way shape or form either right in the mix or on the periphery. I cannot stress enough the breadth and depth of boxing history that these books cover and shed new light and a new perspective on events that run the gamut from being largely unreported in recent years to being famed events, the stories of which have been told countless times but, again, which are now being told from a different perspective and shedding new light on them. Hurley himself was a unique character and well worth the effort but if interests are more general and go beyond the life of a literal Runyon character then this book is for you. You wanna read about the greats like Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, George Foreman, and Sonny Liston. Its here. You wanna read about more obscure but equally great fighters like Mike Gibbons or Billy Petrolle, its here. Wanna read about the rise of the mafia in boxing or how powerhouse promoters like Mike Jacobs and later the IBC took over? Its here. Wanna read about how Patterson-Rademacher was made? Or the promotion behind Graziano-Zale? Thats all in here. The twin cities, New York, Chicago, Seattle, all of their boxing scenes are discussed in detail. Hurley was right in the thick of things for over 50 years in boxing and these books tell his story and the story of boxing during that time period. I cannot recommend them enough. This content is protected For some reason I cannot access them via Amazon right now (3/23/2017) but keep trying for them because they will be back up shortly I have no doubt. Id love to have people who read the book come back and post their thoughts here because there will be a lot to discuss.