Tunney: Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey
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Tunney: Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey

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Among the legendary athletes of the 1920s, the unquestioned halcyon days of sports, stands Gene Tunney, the boxer who upset Jack Dempsey in spectacular fashion, notched a 77—1 record as a prizefighter, and later avenged his sole setback (to a fearless and highly unorthodox fighter named Harry Greb). Yet within a few years of retiring from the ring, Tunney willingly receded...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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John Edwards
Tunney fought in the shadow of the ring's most famous practioner from the Roaring Twenties, Jack Dempsey. Tunney twice fought and beat Dempsey, but beating Dempsey didn't make Tunney respected or revered. Rather he was frowned upon as being too well educated (read smart) to be heavyweight champion of the era.

Like Larry Holmes who beat Muhammad Ali, Tunney never got the recognition he deserved as an excellent boxer and tactician in the ring. Cavanaugh does a good job of shedding some light on th...more
Scot
This is a thoroughly researched and well written biography of one of the two heavyweight champs that dominated boxing in the Roaring Twenties, the often overlooked brainy fighting technician who introduced true boxing skills to the weight class, Gene Tunney. His life is juxtaposed with that of the other great champ of the period--the one everyone remembers, not in small part because he embodied the public's perception of what such a champion should be like: Jack Dempsey.

We get an overview of bot...more
Al
An excellent biography of Gene Tunney as well as many other notable fighters who fought during the golden age of boxing in the 1920s and 1930s. The author concentrates primarily on the light heavyweight and heavyweight ranks since these were the divisions in which Tunney fought. Anyone with even a passing interest in boxing will enjoy this book.
Goatville9
amazing story of an amazing and complex man. if i told you this story was fiction i could convince you it'd make the movie of the decade...yet hollywood trots out get smart remakes and eddie murphy movies.
Dick Hamilton
Very good story about a forgotten boxer. But as with any book on an athelete, the story of their life always ends when the sport is over and with Tunney, his life after boxing deserves much more attention.
Tim
The best book I've read about boxing and American sports in the early 1900's. If your interested, this and "A Flame of Pure Fire" (story of Jack Dempsey) are the best.
Damon
well written about a very interesting person, and a great snapshot of the times, focused on the fight game, obviously.
Ethan
Fascinating story, but points off for not mentioning that Tunney was a complete boozehound for the last half of his life.
Goatville9
1920s boxing champion walked away from the sport for love and became CEO of several companies
Steve Coscia
He was much more than a boxer. Very smart man. Great nostalgic stories from an earlier era.
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