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  • Cut Timeby Carlo Rotella

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2003; US$ 13.99

    Carlo Rotella, an award-winning writer and ringside veteran, unearths the hard wisdom in any kind of fight, from barroom dustup to HBO extravaganza. He vividly describes the tough choices and subtle pleasures that come the way of every fighter, from perennial underdogs on the tank-town circuit to the one-time heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, who... more...

  • Cinderella Manby Jeremy Schaap

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012; US$ 13.99

    Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken.... more...

  • Counterpunchby Ira Berkow

    Triumph Books 2014; US$ 11.99

    Spanning the period between 1967 and 2005, this compilation includes 84 of Pulitzer Prize?winning author Ira Berkow?s columns on boxing. Readers will meet some of the greatest names in the sport?s history in the pages of this book, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, and Mike Tyson. Among the unforgettable stories gathered in this collection... more...

  • At the Fights: American Writers on Boxingby Various; Colum McCann; George Kimball; John Schulian

    Library of America 2012; US$ 20.00

    Named a best book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, At the Fights is a gritty and glittering anthology of the very best writing about boxing. Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson; Richard Wright on Joe Louis?s historic victory over Max Schmeling; A. J. Liebling?s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with... more...

  • The Top of His Game: The Best Sportswriting of W. C. Heinzby W. C. Heinz; Bill Littlefield

    Library of America 2015; US$ 29.95

    BILL LITTLEFIELD, a nationally known author and veteran sports commentator, has been the host of National Public Radio?s weekly sports program Only A Game since it began in 1993. He lives in Boston. more...

  • Third Man in the Ringby Michael Fitzgerald

    Potomac Books 2013; US$ 26.95

    Officiating a professional boxing match can be a thankless job. When a match goes well, no one focuses on the referee. But when a controversy arises, everyone remembers the man who made the call. Third Man in the Ring explores the lives of thirty-three officials as they discuss what goes on inside the ropes and recount the disputes and clashes that... more...

  • Pound for Poundby Herb Boyd; Ray Robinson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Hailed by critics as a long overdue portrait of Sugar Ray Robinson, a man who was as elusive out of the ring as he was magisterial in it, Pound for Pound is a lively and nuanced profile of an athlete who is arguably the best boxer the sport has ever known. So great were Robinson's skills, he was eulogized by Woody Allen, compared to Joe Louis, and... more...

  • No Holds Barred Fighting: Savage Strikesby Mark Hatmaker; Doug Werner

    Tracks Publishing 2004; US$ 9.99

    The techniques taught in this book enable fighters and self-defense students to knock down and knock out their opponents. Maneuvers covered include the unique no holds barred (NHB) striking stance and the complete NHB striking arsenalevery punch, kick, elbow blow, knee strike, head-butt, forearm shot, and shoulder-butt is detailed. No holds barred... more...

  • Facing Aliby Stephen Brunt

    Knopf Canada 2010; US$ 22.00

    They won, they lost, they were scorned or cheered, but they got in the ring with the champ. Muhammad Ali through the stories of 15 of his opponents ? an incredible cross-section that reveals Ali as never before. Every fighter who got into the ring with Ali shone brighter as a result; no life or career could be the same afterwards. Stephen Brunt,... more...

  • The Years of the Locustby Jon Hotten

    Random House 2009; US$ 20.78

    The Years of the Locust is a true story of intrigue, paranoia, murder and money set in the shimmering cities of America's South in the 1990s. It's the story of two men who never should have met, and when they did, one killed the other. There are walk-on parts for Don King, George Foreman, the FBI and a fallen NFL hero, yet it's the two central characters... more...