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A.J. Liebling: The Sweet Science and Other Writings

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For the first time in one volume, Hamill presents five great books that demonstrate Liebling's extraordinary vitality, humor, and versatility as a writer.
Hardcover, 1050 pages
Published March 19th 2008 by Library of America
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Bruce Paley
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've already reviewed the wonderful Jollity Building separately, and can only add that Liebling was also one of the greatest American boxing writers ever, along with the likes of Jimmy Cannon, Ring Lardner, Jack London, Red Smith, Norman Mailer, and others. His Sweet Science is the best book about boxing that I've ever read, is highly regarded among those in the know, and is a genuine and deserved classic of the genre. Liebling was an astute observer of the sport and of people, he wrote with com ...more
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Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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The Sweet Science is a victim of overhype. It does make you want to be Joe Louis -- or at least go see a boxing match in the 50's. But it's not the greatest sports book of all time. The beginning is tremendously well-written and entertaining. The parts toward the end are more purely descriptive and leave less to the funnybone.

The Earl of Lousiiana and the Jollity Building also have their moments. Liebling really, truly believes that Earl Long was the hero of the South which is an interesting an
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Paul Jellinek
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Liebling's writing when he's at the top of his game, which he is throughout much of this volume (especially The Sweet Science about boxing and The Earl of Louisiana about Governor Earl Long of Louisiana) but unfortunately the last section about journalism was not his best writing, and should have been left out of what would otherwise have definitely been a 5-star book.
Bill
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Boxing is one of my secret pleasures. I was fascinated by the author's writing on boxing. I need to find something written by Pierce Egan. He was 19th century British journalist whose writings on boxing Liebling refers to often.
The Earl of Louisanna, Earl Long was a fascinating person. The author described him so well I felt like I had shaken hands with the man.
Nate Hendrix
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a collection of several of his books. The Sweet Science is the one I was interested and it was very good. It's all about boxing in the late 1950's. I tried to read parts of the others and was not interested.
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