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The Berlin Boxing Club

The Berlin Boxing Club Description:

Sydney Taylor Award winning novel em Berlin Boxing Club em is loosely inspired by the true story of boxer Max Schmeling s experiences following Kristallnacht br br Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew But the bullies at his school in Nazi era Berlin don t care that Karl has never been in a synagogue or that his family doesn t practice religion Demoralized by attacks on a heritage he doesn t accept as his own Karl longs to prove his worth br br So when Max Schmeling champion boxer and German national hero makes a deal with Karl s father to give Karl boxing lessons A skilled cartoonist Karl has never had an interest in boxing but now it seems like the perfect chance to reinvent himself br br But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates Karl must take on a new role protector of his family And as Max s fame forces him to associate with Hitler and other Nazi elites Karl begins to wonder where his hero s sympathies truly lie Can Karl balance his dream of boxing greatness with his obligation to keep his family out of harm s way br br Includes an author s note and sources page detailing the factual inspirations behind the novel br br Supports the Common Core State Standards

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

On Boxing

On Boxing Description:

A reissue of bestselling award winning author Joyce Carol Oates classic collection of essays on boxing

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis Description:

On the eve of World War II African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title for much of America their fight came to represent America s war with Germany This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation s ideals

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing

Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing Description:

i Dark Trade i is Donald McRae s illuminating five year journey through the intense and forbidding world of the professional fight game Tyson Bruno Hamed Benn Eubank Holyfield Watson Jones and Toney confide in him their fears and ambitions Their fantastic almost mythological stories are uncovered in new and striking detail drawn from the hundreds of hours McRae has spent in their company With wit compassion and lucidity i Dark Trade i examines the ways in which race and violence beat at the heart of American and British society and what it is that drives men to pursue this most brutal kind of fame

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

Boxing Stories

Boxing Stories Description:

Although he is best known as the creator of Conan the Barbarian and as a writer of historical fiction and fantasy Robert E Howard was both a successful author of popular boxing stories and an avid amateur boxer himself The sixteen stories and three poems collected in this volume show the full range of his talents for action humor and fistic philosophy Ten of the stories feature the sailor Steve Costigan a lovable hard fisted and innocent semipro pugilist who takes on dastardly villains in exotic ports of call Howard s brilliant blue collar humor belies his preoccupation with the real life issues near and dear to his heart death honor pride and a man s love for his dog Other stories are more dramatic and somber including Iron Men which Howard called the best fight story I ever wrote in many ways the best story of any kind I ever wrote Severely edited and truncated for its original publication in in i Fight Stories i magazine the tale has never been published in its original form until now It appears here completely restored from Howard s original typescript in an authoritative version that Howard fans everywhere will appreciate In these stories Howard created a realistic richly populated boxing universe with intertwining characters and histories that carry on from tale to tale With them he takes his place in a tradition of American boxing writers but always with a uniquely Howardian twist a gritty brooding atmosphere and a reserve of humor that captures the often brutal ambiance of the s

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Boxing Wendy

Boxing Wendy Description:

Stuart Richmond is so friendly it s scary br br He certainly likes Wendy Jackson likes her so much in fact that he ll sit at the counter for hours nursing a cup of coffee just to watch her wait tables It s of no consequence that Wendy is rude and dismissive Stuart forgives all and it s only a matter of time and tenacity before he burrows his way into her life br br Others perceive Stuart as nothing more than an over eager suitor but Wendy s gut tells her they re gravely mistaken Where friends and family see interest and devotion Wendy recognizes obsession and fixation She knows Stuart s hiding something some evil deed some dark secret br br Maybe even a secret as terrible as her own br br There s something sinister about Stuart and Wendy should know There s something sinister about Wendy Jackson too

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Dirty Boxing (Blood and Glory, #1)

Dirty Boxing (Blood and Glory, #1) Description:

b Perfect for fans of emotionally charged sexy reads Dirty Boxing the first installment in the Blood and Glory series reveals that the mixed martial arts battles waged inside the octagon are second only to the battles fought in the name of love b br br After an unstable childhood Jules Darcy is very familiar with the risks of falling in love And as an adult she s never let herself forget just how high those stakes can be That s why she ran away a year ago after her fling with MMA fighter Nick Giannakis quickly got serious But when she jumps at the opportunity to reconnect with her dad by accepting a job with his growing fight league she s stunned to learn the abs the chiseled arms and the rock solid punches she has to market belong to none other than her former fling Unable to run away from the sexy middleweight this time Jules vows to keep things strictly professional But one look at Nick and her resolve starts to crumble br br The last thing Nick expects when he signs with the prestigious World Fighting Championship is that he ll have to work with the only woman who ever broke his heart Desperate to hide the pain she caused him Nick vows to keep his distance from his gorgeous ex But when he realizes their intense chemistry hasn t faded after a year apart he wonders if they could have a future together even if dating the boss s daughter could complicate his bid for the championship belt br br Under the bright lights of Las Vegas in the world of high stakes prize fighting they ll have to take a risk and decide if their love is worth fighting for

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing

At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing Description:

American writers have always been fascinated by the ring by the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them From back alley gyms and smoke filled arenas to star studded casinos and exotic locales they have chronicled unforgettable stories about determination and dissipation great champions and punch drunk has beens colorful entourages and outrageous promoters and inevitably along the way have written incisively about race class and spectacle in America Like baseball boxing has a vivid culture and language all its own one that has proven irresistible to career sportswriters and literary essayists alike br br This gritty and glittering anthology gathers a century of the very best writing about the fights Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson H L Mencken and Irvin S Cobb on Jack Dempsey vs Georges Carpentier the first Fight of the Century that captivated the world in the s Richard Wright on Joe Louis s historic first round knockout of Max Schmeling A J Liebling s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter Jimmy Cannon on Archie Moore the greatest fighter of the s James Baldwin and Gay Talese on Floyd Patterson s epic tilt with Sonny Liston George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X Norman Mailer on the Rumble in the Jungle Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D Amato Mark Kriegel on Oscar De la Hoya and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson National Book Award winning novelist Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin offers a foreword

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own: A Journey to the End of Boxing

This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own: A Journey to the End of Boxing Description:

Fittingly it is in Las Vegas boxing s capital that author Jonathan Rendall a young British boxing enthusiast reflects on his own exit from the boxing scene What unfolds is the true story of his boyhood romance with the sport his canny coming of age as a boxing writer and his risky bid to bring the unknown Colin Sweet C McMillan to the World Featherweight Championship br br Written with the detachment of a seasoned journalist Jonathan Rendall has produced an uncommon sports memoir about having the faith and losing the faith Intelligent and funny em This Bloody Mary Is the Last Thing I Own em is a boxing book with appeal that extends well beyond the ring

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

Boxing Day

Boxing Day Description:

A classic Christmas novella of love set in turn of the century New York City When her grandfather dies lonely spinster Eleanor Austen is forced to move into an apartment on the top floor of the building he leased to a noisy gymnasium owned by famed Irish boxer Conn Donnoughue During a snowy and magical December two lonely people just might find they have more in common than they thought For readers of Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood br br i Note Originally published in the anthology i a href https www goodreads com book show A Stockingful of Joy rel nofollow A Stockingful of Joy a

Rating: 3.27 out of 5


Boxing Description:

Boxing originally published in was compiled by boxing champions and coaches to teach World War II cadets how to take a punch and fight back viciously calmly and with deadly intent The manual was so successful that the U S Naval Institute reissued it several times and copies of the original manual are still in high demand Get yourself into top fighting shape by following the combat proven boxing drills used by generations of naval recruits

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

The Shadow-Boxing Woman

The Shadow-Boxing Woman Description:

In i The Shadow Boxing Woman i a novel from German writer Inka Parei a decaying apartment building in post Wall Berlin is home to Hell a young woman with a passion for martial arts When Hell s neighbor disappears she sets out across the city in search of her In the course of her quest she falls in love with a bank robber confronts her own dark memories and ends up saving more than just her missing neighbor br What is on the surface a crime novel is actually a haunting dual portrait of a city and a woman caught up in times of change and transition This debut novel in English combines Parei s tight prose with a compulsive delight in detail that dynamically evokes many lost and overlooked corners of Berlin

Rating: 3.59 out of 5


Boxing Description:

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Rating: 3.32 out of 5

Boxing in Philadelphia: Tales of Struggle and Survival

Boxing in Philadelphia: Tales of Struggle and Survival Description:

Philadelphia was essentially the birthplace of boxing in America the city where matches first took shape in the back of bars Jack Johnson the first black heavyweight champ fought more times in Philly than any other city besides his hometown Sugar Ray Robinson perhaps the best boxer ever fought under his first promotional contract in Philadelphia appearing there twenty times and Joe Louis one of the greatest heavyweights of all time was trained by a Philadelphia fighter In Boxing in Philadelphia Gabe Oppenheim examines the rise and fall of boxing in Philadelphia and how it often mirrored the city s own narrative arc Originating from the tales told to Oppenheim by a retired Philadelphia trainer this history of boxing is drawn from personal interviews with current and former fighters and managers from attending the fights in local arenas and from watching the boxers train in their gyms In this book Oppenheim opens a window into the lives of such fighters as Jimmy Young Meldrick The Kid Taylor Teon Kennedy and Mike Jones telling with remarkable detail their struggles triumphs and defeats Throughout Oppenheim weaves together cultural history urban studies and biographical sketches of past boxers to create this comprehensive account of Philadelphia and its fighters Featuring an array of photographs and exclusive interviews this book captures the unique history of Philadelphia boxing It will interest boxing fans those who enjoy sports and cultural histories and of course native Philadelphians who want to discover more about their city and their fighters

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

A Neutral Corner: Boxing Essays

A Neutral Corner: Boxing Essays Description:

Fifteen previously unpublished boxing pieces written between and br br Demonstrating A J Liebling s abiding passion for the sweet science of boxing i A Neutral Corner i brings together fifteen previously unpublished pieces written between and Antic clear eyed and wildly entertaining these essays showcase a i The New Yorker i journalist at the top of his form Here one relives the high drama of the classic Patterson Johansson championship bout of and Liebling s early prescient portrayal of Cassius Clay s style as a boxer and a poet is not to be missed br br Liebling always finds the human story that makes these essays appealing to aficionados of boxing and prose alike Alive with a true fan s reverence for the sport yet balanced by a true skeptic s disdain for sentiment i A Neutral Corner i is an American treasure

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle

The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle Description:

b A gritty spirited inside look at the world of amateur boxing today b br br The Golden Gloves tournament is center stage in amateur boxing a single elimination contest in which young hopefuls square off in steamy gyms with the boxing elite looking on br br Robert Anasi took up boxing in his twenties to keep in shape attract women and sharpen his knuckles for the odd bar fight He thought of entering the Gloves but put it off Finally at age thirty two his last year of eligibility he vowed to fight although he was an old man in a sport of teenagers and a light man who had to be even lighter pounds to fight others his size br br So begins Anasi s obsessive preparation for the Golden Gloves He finds Milton a wily and abusive trainer and joins Milton s Supreme Team a black teenager who used to deal guns in Harlem a bus driver with five kids a hard hitting woman champion who becomes his sparring partner Meanwhile he observes the changing world of amateur boxing in which investment bankers spar with ex convicts and everyone dreads a fatal blow to the head With the Supreme Team he goes to the tournament whose outcome it seems is rigged like so much in boxing life today br br Robert Anasi tells his story not as a journalist on assignment but as a man in the midst of one of the great adventures of his life i The Gloves i his first book has the feel of a contemporary classic br

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Boxing: A Cultural History

Boxing: A Cultural History Description:

Boxing is one of the oldest and most exciting of sports its bruising and bloody confrontations have permeated Western culture since BC During that period there has hardly been a time in which young men and sometimes women did not raise their gloved or naked fists to one other Throughout this history potters sculptors painters poets novelists cartoonists song writers photographers and film makers have been there to record and make sense of it all br br In her encyclopaedic investigation Kasia Boddy sheds new light on an elemental sports and struggle for dominance whose weapons are nothing more than fists Boddy examines the shifting social political and cultural resonances of this most visceral of sports and shows how from Daniel Mendoza to Mike Tyson boxers have embodied and enacted our anxieties about race ethnicity gender and sexuality Looking afresh at everything from neoclassical sculpture to hip hop lyrics i Boxing i explores the way in which the history of boxing has intersected with the history of mass media from cinema to radio to pay per view The book also offers an intriguing new perspective on the work of such diverse figures as Henry Fielding Spike Lee Charlie Chaplin Philip Roth James Joyce Mae West Bertolt Brecht and Charles Dickens br br An all encompassing study i Boxing i ultimately reveals to us just how and why boxing has mattered so much to so many br

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Punch Happy: There's No Crying in Boxing

Punch Happy: There's No Crying in Boxing Description:

How boxing empowered a no quit noodle armed newbie br br Darkly humorous and told with striking grit Lux Alani takes on solitude midlife athleticism and the siren call of boxing Punch Happy celebrates the soulfulness demands and ennobled force of boxing in rounds of prose that roll and jab with dazzling right hooks br br Weighing in at pages this little book packs a punch You ll read it bell to bell in the time it takes to watch a round bout You ll get humanity and F bombs eye candy and inspiration But mostly you ll get reminded of your own capacity to overcome In raw poetic passages Punch Happy captures the art of inhabiting one s strength br br For all the fighters in the ring of life

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Fight (Bareknuckle Boxing Brotherhood Book 1)

Fight (Bareknuckle Boxing Brotherhood Book 1) Description:

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Rating: 3.47 out of 5

McIlvanney On Boxing

McIlvanney On Boxing Description:

Hugh McIlvanney is a living legend in sports journalism A regular winner of the fiercely contested UK Sports Writer of the Year award he also has the unique distinction of being the only sports writer to have been voted Journalist of the Year He is respected for his incisive commentaries and perceptive analyses of football and racing but this collection contains the best of his writing on his first great passion boxing The book features in depth analysis of the build up climax and aftermath of over showdowns including Muhammad Ali vs Henry Cooper Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali George Foreman vs Ken Norton Eusibio Pedvoza vs Barry McGuigan Lloyd Honeyghan vs Marlon Starling Mike Tyson vs Frank Bruno An essential read for boxing lovers of all ages with writing so vivid that readers will feel like they have a ringside seat

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History

Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History Description:

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 With one good hand Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken Only his manager Joe Gould still believed in him finding fights for Braddock to help feed his wife and children The diminutive loquacious Jew and the burly quiet Irishman made one of boxing s oddest couples but together they staged the greatest comeback in fighting history In twelve months Braddock went from the relief rolls to face heavyweight champion Max Baer the Livermore Butcher Boy renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring A charismatic natural talent and in every way Braddock s foil Baer was a towering opponent a Jew from the West Coast who was famously brash and made great copy both in and out of the ring A ten to one underdog Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders And when boxing was the biggest sport in the world when the heavyweight champion was the biggest star in the world his unlikely upset made Braddock the most popular champion boxing had ever seen br Against the gritty backdrop of the Depression Cinderella Man brings this dramatic all American story to life evoking a time when the sport of boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age populated by men of every class and ethnic background and covered voluminously by writers who elevated sports writing to art Rich in anecdote and color steeped in history and full of human interest Cinderellla Man is a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Serenity: A Boxing Memoir

Serenity: A Boxing Memoir Description:

This is a surprising book a terrific book It s not about boxing but about an odd demanding world in which boxing is the thread the key to existence Wiley deftly broadens the delineation of this world and its people Perceptive reporting is the foundation and perceptive reporting is rare enough Wiley enhances it with clear quick writing laced with humor and with a sensitivity that lends brilliance to this impressive work Robert W Creamer author of Baseball and Other Matters in Ralph Wiley with Serenity has produced an original book about the ring He can dig beneath the surface and show us what really happened in a bout why Thomas Hearns with too much faith in his powerful right hand lost to Sugar Ray Leonard in their first match Or why Roberto Duran was acting out of prudence not cowardice when he quit in his second fight against Leonard Yet the book is not really about boxing Boxing in Serenity is what T S Eliot speaking of plot called the meat a burglar brings to distract the watchdog The book is really about growing up in a world where you had to defend yourself physically to survive New York Times Wiley s rapport with boxers is profound Publisher s Weekly Wiley is one writer who really knows his way around a boxing ring He writes with passion and understanding about complex violent men and their oddly redemptive sport Booklist Ralph Wiley is the author or coauthor of several works most recently Born to Play The Eric Davis Story

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage

Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage Description:

In this bountiful collection of his best boxing stories of the last half century Budd Schulberg takes his fans all the way back to an epic bare knuckle contest in England two hundred years ago Drawing a revealing portrait of Uncle Mike Jacobs the promotional impresario of boxing in its Golden Age the author expertly places Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali in the social history of their times This book brings fans up to date in the careers of the great names of recent decades like Tyson Holyfield De La Hoya Hopkins Chico Corrales and more

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods

Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods Description:

Distilling the martial art known in the West as kung fu Robert Smith presents Chinese boxing ch uan shu as an art that combines the hardness of a wall and the softness of a butterfly s wings His lively pragmatic account conveys the discipline and insights acquired in ten years of study and travel in Asia Smith describes his work with t ai chi master Cheng Man ch ing and connects ch uan shu with the softer aspects and inner power of that popular practice Fifty black and white photos illustrate this informative and personal account of the Chinese boxing tradition

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing

Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing Description:

By the late s boxing had lapsed into a moribund state and interest in it was on the wane In however the sport was resuscitated by a riveting series of bouts involving an improbably dissimilar quartet Sugar Ray Leonard Marvelous Marvin Hagler Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran The Four Kings of the Ring would fight one another nine times throughout the decade and win sixteen world titles between them br br Like Ali and Frazier Dempsey and Tunney Robinson and LaMotta these four boxers brought out the best in each other producing unprecedented multi million dollar gates along the way Each of the nine bouts between the four men was memorable in its own way and at least two of them Leonard Hearns I in and Hagler Hearns in are commonly included on any list of the greatest fights of all time The controversial outcome of another the Leonard Hagler fight remains the subject of heated debates amongst fans to this day br br Leonard Hagler Hearns and Duran didn t set out to save boxing from itself in the post Ali era but somehow they managed to do so In i Four Kings i award winning journalist George Kimball documents the remarkable effect they had on the sport and argues that we will never see their likes again

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists

The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists Description:

What were the ten most fantastic knockouts in boxing history Which pugilist had the greatest jab of all time What were the sport s most intense rivalries Who scored the biggest upsets in the sport s annals Which fighters have the best nicknames These questions and many others are answered in this bold collection of ranked lists from two of boxing s most popular commentators Each list has an introductory paragraph followed by a number of ranked entries with each entry featuring a brief explanation of ranking plus entertaining and enlightening background information Also included are original lists contributed exclusive to this book by more than top personalities from boxing and beyond including Muhammad Ali Joe Frazier George Foreman Oscar De La Hoya Bernard Hopkins and more

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Once There Were Giants: The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing

Once There Were Giants: The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing Description:

b A celebration and memorial of the greatest era of heavyweight fighters from to as witnessed ringside by an International Boxing Hall of Fame sportswriter b br br Once upon a time of all the memories made in ballparks and arenas from California to New York there was nothing to rival that magic moment that could grab a heavyweight fight crowd by its collective jugular vein and trigger a tsunami of raw emotion before a single punch had even been thrown br br That s the way it was when the heavyweight giants danced in the boxing ring during the golden eras of the greats Ali Frazier Holmes and Spinks to name a few There will never again be a heavyweight cycle like the one that began when Sonny Liston stopped Floyd Patterson and ended when Mike Tyson bit a slice out of Evander Holyfield s ear when no ersatz drama smoke mirrors and noise followed a fighter s entry into the ring when the crowds knew that these men were not actors on a stage but rather giants in a ring with a single purpose to fight other giants br br By the ringside acclaimed sportswriter Jerry Izenberg watched history as it was being made during those legendary days witnessing fights like the Thrilla in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle and preserving them in punchy yet tremendous prose Delivering both his eyewitness accounts and revelatory back stories of this greatest era of heavyweight boxing Izenberg invites readers to a place of recollection br br i Once There Were Giants i is his memorial to this extraordinary time the likes of which we shall never see again br

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Boxing: Photographs

Boxing: Photographs Description:

Fink s inimitable style captures the grace beauty and paternal love that are the foundations of this brutal contact sport He creates stunningly lyrical static snapshots which reveal the divine the hope the dignity the perseverance and the respect in a fighter s soul

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

Drunkard Boxing

Drunkard Boxing Description:

Poetry The prose poems in Linh Dihn s DRUNKARD BOXING are worldly visual images that induce distinct feelings that only places and things can give you The body and movement are ever present in Dinh s work and offer random detail in ways that make perfect sense Dinh s other books includes Blood and Soup Fake House Stories American Tatts and more Born in Vietnam Linh Dinh came to the United States in He has published poetry in numerous journals including Sulfur New American Writing and Kenyon Review DRUNKARD BOXING is his first collection from the Philadelphia Publishing Project which responds to the need for national exposure for emerging writers in Philadelphia

Rating: 3.41 out of 5