The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of Modern Promotion

Overview

Immortalized as the battle of the century by Ring Lardner, the Dempsey-Carpentier heavyweight title bout marked America's first experience with the intersection of show business, high society, politics, and the underworld at a single sporting event. The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of Modern Promotion offers the definitive history of this landmark event's genesis and impact.

To explain why the fight had such a far-reaching influence on mass ...

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Overview

Immortalized as the battle of the century by Ring Lardner, the Dempsey-Carpentier heavyweight title bout marked America's first experience with the intersection of show business, high society, politics, and the underworld at a single sporting event. The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of Modern Promotion offers the definitive history of this landmark event's genesis and impact.

To explain why the fight had such a far-reaching influence on mass entertainment and modern culture, newspaperman Jim Waltzer invites readers to travel the path to the 1921 heavyweight championship. Along the way, they will meet a cast of outsize characters, including the savage defending champion (and alleged World War I slacker) Jack Dempsey, French pretty-boy war hero Georges Carpentier, promoter Tex Rickard, Dempsey's slippery manager Doc Kearns, and Jersey City boss Frank Hague. As the tale unfolds, so does an understanding of the forces that shaped the Roaring Twenties and established promotional hype as the MO of business.

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"Although the author devotes most of the book to the background of Rickard and the fighters, he closely follows

the evolution of the fight and shows how it fit into the culture of the 1920s. The story is not new, but it never seems

to get old. Summing Up: Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313382444
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue ix

1 Gold and Gambling 1

2 Dustup in the Desert 11

3 The Mouths That Roared 19

4 Color of the Crown 29

5 Conjuring an Unlikely Champion 43

6 Ships in the Night 51

7 Tornado from the West 57

8 Across War and Continents 67

9 Dynamic Duo 77

10 Near Death in the Afternoon 85

11 Right Hands and Steamer Trunks 97

12 Slacker Trial 107

13 An Earful at the Garden 115

14 Cuban Capitalists 127

15 Going Solo in Jersey City 139

16 The Fight Finds a Home 149

17 Sketches from Training Camp 157

18 Girding for Battle 175

19 Battle du Jour 183

Epilogue 199

Notes 205

Bibliography 221

Index 229

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