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The Life and Crimes of Don King: The Shame of Boxing in America

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A new, updated edition of Jack Newfield's hard-hitting unauthorized biography of boxing kingpin Don King, source of the Emmy-winning film starring Ving Rhames. With a new epilogue. Working his way out of a life of street crime and numbers running - and jail time for manslaughter - King rose to become a powerhouse in the fight game, outnegotiated corporate giants, fleeced t ...more
ebook, 344 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Harbor Electronic Publishing (first published October 1st 1995)
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Bax
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boxing, biography
If Hauser's Black Lights shows us an unflattering snapshot of Don King in his natural habitat, Newfield's book is an Animal Plant documentary mini-series.

It is the most candid look behind the curtain of the business end of boxing available, and delivers an acid etched portrait of the man who is largely responsible for the current structure of the sport.
Janghyun
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world where one is constantly bombarded with millions of biographies of the same old historical leaders over and over again, it was refreshing to read a book about one of the pivotal people of an aspect of American sports that seemed to have left the minds of most people of this generation. Jack Newfield, the author, managed to write a fascinating book about the rise of Don King, boxing promoter and manager of some of the biggest boxers of the time. The book is very comprehensive and includ ...more
Kyle Magin
An excellent piece of reporting, stacked with some great interviews and insights into business and boxing and the intersection of the two that speak to Jack's expertise. However, the editing was appallingly lousy, really to the point where it distracted heavily from the content. For such a thorough history on King (the scope is also a little limited) the editing just did not match the reporting and occasional great writing flourishes.
Irons
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think most sport fans knew how unscrupulous Don King was, and this lays it out in detail. Even down to how the lack of popularity (compared with yesteryear) of boxing today has his dirty hands all over it. A fascinating and eyeopening read.
Chip
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a crook!
Brandon
Am anticipating to read this book.The movie is real good and I bet this book tells a lot more.....
Pat Murphy
An expose of Don King the boxing promoter.
Victor Anfu
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not necessarily a good book, or even a competent writer. But it tells a fascinating story. Good triumphing over evil? Not in this story.
Michael
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You THINK you know how much of a scumbag King is, but after reading this superb book, what you thought of King was the tip of the tip of the iceberg.
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“I had just sold the rights to this book to HBO, and King had read about the transaction. He looked at me from the adjacent urinal, and broke a tense silence. “I read in the newspapers,” King roared, “that I’m now feeding your whole motherfucking family.” 0 likes
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