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Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  149 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This is no ordinary book about boxing. Dark Trade is Donald McRae's vivid personal journey through the intense and forbidding world of the professional fight game. Tyson, Bruno, Hamed, Benn, Eubank, Watson, Jones, De La Hoya and Toney confide in him their fears and longings. Their fantastic, almost mythological stories are uncovered in new and striking detail, derived from ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 18th 1997 by Mainstream Publishing
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Jun 13, 2008 Bax rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boxing
It's rare to hear active fighters openly discuss the seedy, corrupt reality of the business side of the Sweet Science, but that's just what this book delivers.

Highly recommended for hardcore boxing fans, but likely of little interest to anyone else.
Dec 14, 2015 Scot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a compelling read for boxing fans, and I would recommend it to those who were fans and recall the period of the 1990s but particularly to younger fans who might have only been kids or not even born then, to help them understand the history of the sport and better assess the legacies of that era at work in the current historical moment. Even non-fans will appreciate the personal struggles, calamities, and successes it documents, for McRae has a gift for getting at the human behind the hyp ...more
Sep 01, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good book, probably more of a 4.5 rating than a 4 on my ratings scale.

McRae's journey through some of the most charismatic boxing personalities of the 1990s, charting the highs and lows, the championships, the damage, the deaths, the feuds, the exploitation, the excitement of watching boxers like Tyson, Holyfield, Toney, De La Hoya, Benn, Watson, Prince Naseem and Eubank is a book that goes way beyond relating what happened.

McRae shows the personalities he encountered, and tells great
Majid Parvizi
Dec 11, 2014 Majid Parvizi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sports journalism at its best; written by a man whose love&hate relationship with boxing is bound to make this book a thoughtful and revealing odyssey.
Nathan Jones
May 03, 2015 Nathan Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth it solely for the sections on James Toney, which are outstanding. That said, the rest is excellent too.
David Graham
Nov 22, 2013 David Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, this is the best boxing book I have ever read, simply because it is about so much more than just boxing. It takes characters like Toney, Tyson, Eubank, Hamed, Jones Jr and Benn, to name but a few, and through the time the author spends with them gives us amazing insights into their character and vulnerabilities. The writer gets closest to Toney and large portions of the book deal with his formative years as champion at middle and super-middle, knowing what went on to happen after the boo ...more
May 14, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boxing
A wonderfully-written time capsule of the boxing landscape, with McRae going in deep with heavy hitters such as Mike Tyson, James Toney, Chris Eubank, and Naseem Hamed. Most enlightening is his work with Toney, showing a more human side to a man whose public persona was nasty and violent, albeit often laced with outlandish humor. The personal connections between fighter and writer are special; McRae taps into something most boxing journalists or writers since this book was first released simply ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Gavin Smith
Jan 03, 2016 Gavin Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A fantastic boxing book. It covers some of the most famous fighters through the nineties and the ups and down of their careers. The descriptions of fights are so good that it can feel like you're there. I remember quite a few of these fights and he captures the atmosphere perfectly.
John Adair
Sep 24, 2013 John Adair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One the best books written about Boxing. A brilliant journey through world championship boxing through the 1990's, can't recommend it enough.
Brian D'Souza
Feb 11, 2013 Brian D'Souza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply one of the BEST boxing books ever written.
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Donald McRae was born near Johannesburg in South Africa in 1961 and has been based in London since 1984.

He is the award-winning author of six non-fiction books which have featured legendary trial lawyers, heart surgeons and sporting icons. He is the only two-time winner of the UK’s prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year – an award won in the past by Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch and Laura H
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