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Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking

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Crushing your enemies, driving them before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women? It doesn't get any better than this." –Eugene Robinson, ripping off John Milius

That's the sentiment that surges just below the surface of Eugene Robinson's Fight – an engrossing, intimate look into the all–absorbing world of fighting. Robinson – a former body–builder, one–time boun
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Harper (first published 2007)
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So, I used to work with Eugene at a magazine called Corporate Computing, which was a Ziff Davis shop where they'd hired (and I'm not making this up) people who'd worked at People, because, like, the new world of enterprise computing needed this kind of human-interest approach, or at least that's what I think they were thinking. Little did I know it but this surreal and doomed environment was the perfect setting for a first encounter with Eugene, who is much nicer and warmer than you might think ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Velvetink marked it as to-read
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I probably need to read this one. Getting too soft & mushy lately.
Scott Kelly
Eugene is real.
This book is as honest as it can get. It gives the reader the anatomy, science, psychology, and the art of a fight instead of the worldly view of two drunken meat heads slugging it out in an alley somewhere.

As told by a self=proclaimed "Fightaholic", Eugene Robinson is probably one of the most well spoken writers I've ever encountered. From interviews with Mixed-Marital Artists discussing the blow-by-blow lifestyle of cage fighting, to former penitentiary inmates speaking freely of how to use e
Adam Bricker
What an interesting book! Explores all types of fighting styles and tries to dive into what makes us, not only fight, but enjoy it. Touches on ego and society and biology. Great interviews and stories.
Jonathan Aluzas
If you're a chest-thumper or the kind of guy who spends his Saturdays scouring the satellite for College Football, boxing, MMA events or any Discovery Channel show featuring guys visiting foreign countries and getting pounded by the native practitioners of an indigenous martial art, you might want to read this book. Even if you're not of laughably macho ilk, this book is an interesting walk through the world of fighting and the psychology that might drive one to actually seek it out as a means o ...more
If you're male, you really need to read this book. Robinson's grasp on the feel of the fight, on its lineage and its motivations is finely nuanced and shot through with humour that can be missing from the topic. A vital take on a tricky subject (with helpful diagrams to ensure that you NEVER use a haymaker) that combines experience with levity, Fight is a book that revels in arsekicking, written by a guy who was prepared to have his arse kicked in order to let you know what it's like to be beate ...more
Despite the fact that I can't really conceive of a good reason for getting in a for-real fight, I really enjoyed this book. Robinson is a talented writer, and this is certainly a subject that he is passionate about. Through interviews and capsule histories of various styles of ass-kickery, Fight does a marvelous job of getting into the heads of people who enjoy giving beat-downs. There was a good amount of filler (one sentence movie reviews), and a certain lack of organization, but Robinson's st ...more
This was a very basic and ultimately unsatisfying book. Don't get me wrong, the writing was good, but overall the book wasn't what I was expecting it to be. I was hoping for some with more detail and introspection and instead got pop culture on paper as regarding the pugilistic arts.
The author has a fiery and vivid writing style that keeps you glued to the page, and if you are new to the world of pugilism then you will find this book to be an exciting read.
Ryan Lawson
Eugene Robinson is a cool dude. He came and did a reading for this book in Oklahoma, and I had the good fortune to not only meet him but open for him.
One of the best books on fighting on the market. If you're a combat sport fan or a fight fan or just curious about fighting in general this book is for you.
Feb 10, 2008 Lady is currently reading it
Recommends it for: mma fans, boxing fans, people who enjoy physical conditioning
"A" for great glossy photos that capture the spirit of training and fighting. "F" for attempting to document any female fighters. and the text... (tba)
Cody Maloney
This is a good book. Robinson is a really good writer and the interviews were good. The stories told were very interesting and fun to hear.
Tim Williams
Interesting stuff
Jeff Narucki
Exceptionally entertaining read on fighting styles and background on the mindsets behind them.
Robinson is a terrific, colorful writer and "Fight" rings with his happy warrior spirit.
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