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Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told: Thirty-Six Incredible Tales from the Ring

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"Every once in a while, a book publisher comes up with a great concept for a series of books that deserve more than superficial recognition. Such a series is The Greatest (fill in the blank) Stories Ever Told, anthologies that should win places on many bedside tables. On the long winter nights that lie ahead, such stories make great reading." -The Lexington County Chronicl ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Lyons Press (first published October 1st 2002)
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Matt
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This collection has a ton of good material that will give you a sample of the various sources of high quality boxing writing available if you're interested. The time periods involved go all the way back to the early 1800s, not counting the surprisingly awesome passage by Homer from The Iliad. Probably the most heavily-featured period is from around the 1930s-1960s. Other than that Homer piece, I also especially enjoyed the passages by Daniel Mendoza, Heywood Broun, John Lardner, and W.C. Heinz. ...more
Brett Ortler
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
A fairly misleading title, given that the book includes a number of short-stories about boxing, bits from a screenplay, and so on.

I was hoping for journalistic accounts of fights; while the book does contain several very good such accounts ("The Boxer and the Blonde" is a great piece; same for James Baldwin's), there are more out there that would have been interesting to include.

Still, not a bad round-up of boxing writers to explore.
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Thomas
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection of tales, would recommend to everybody, boxing & non-boxing fan alike, truly describes the hardships around such a tough sport
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