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Night Train: The Sonny Liston Story

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
'["Night Train"] is as much about Liston and boxing as it is about the darkest side of the American Dream. Liston's story comes alive though clean, evocative prose, hard facts and lyrical, occasionally breathtaking writing' - "Time Out".
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 26th 2001 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 2000)
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Oct 24, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it
Truly remarkable: a book about a boxer that really isn't about boxing. First book I've read by Nick Tosches and he writes very well. Quite a tragic figure was Sonny Liston ... perhaps the saddest is that while he ended up (albeit briefly) one of the most people on the planet, no-one knows what day he was born, or the day he departed.
Before this book I knew little of Liston: heavyweight champ, legendary build and punching ability.

So my eyes were opened wide with this tale of his textbook tough childhood, natural fighting ability and his descent into a murky world of match fixes and criminality.

The book opens, and closes, with his death, for which there are many theories, but little substantiated fact.

In between there is a far from usual biography, doubt prevails over his actual birthdate, his injuries throughout his career,
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Jul 21, 2016 Philip Girvan rated it it was amazing
Tosches's attempt to bring a life lived in the shadows to the light is one of my absolute all-time favorite books.

While certainly not the purest form of biography -- Tosches tends to offer asides, observations, and other commentary -- the writing is, at times, beautiful; what Tosches manages to pull from the shadows is intriguing; and, the subject of the book is a curious human being.

I've returned to this book over a half dozen times since it was first published, but it had been a decade since
Biographie du champion poids lourd Sonny Liston. Belle traversée des US ségrégationniste et mafieuse sur fond de boxe. Un peu plus de mal avec l'écriture que j'ai trouvé souvent trop factuelle sans trop savoir où l'auteur voulait en venir.
Jun 22, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing
One of the best boxing bios I've read. A real interesting tragic story of a champion whose infamy overshadows his triumphs.
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Nick Tosches was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised by wolves from the other side. Through nepotism he became a barroom porter at the age of fourteen. Casting this career to the wind in his quest for creative fulfillment, he became a paste-up artist for the Lovable Underwear Company in New York City. On January 12, 1972, he went to lunch and never came back, drifting south to Florida, where, a ...more
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