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Ron Ross's Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc. is not just about one Jewish boxer, his meteoric rise to fame, and his subsequent victimization. Bummy's life was intertwined with the Great Depression, the survival of the Brooklyn Jewish immigrant population during Prohibition, and the inevitable offshoot of Prohibition - Murder, Inc., one of American history's most notorious band of killers. Ron Ross portrays an important historical time period, an enigmatic Jewish subculture, and the surprising juxtaposition of a generation of Jews and their talent for boxing.
- Budd Schulberg, author of On the Waterfront and Sparring With Hemingway: And Other Legends of the Fight Game
"My heartfelt thanks to Ron Ross for bringing excitement back into my reading time. I couldn't separate myself from Bummy Davis vs. Murder Inc."
- Angelo Dundee, trainer of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard
"A generation before Mike Tyson emerged from the poverty of Brownsville, Al 'Bummy' Davis came off of the same violent streets to electrify boxing fans with a lights-out punch and a wild-child style. With this compelling book, Ron Ross tells the tabloid tale of this Hebrew brawler with astonishing detail and a sense of history.
In the end, Bummy Davis probably died a hero, trying to stop a bar stick-up, because underneath it all he had the hero's fearless heart. This is a terrific, truthful book."
- Jack Newfield, author of Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King and Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir
Posted August 21, 2006
The prose is very purple, the dialogue and often the dramatis personae are caricatured, the style is excessively Runyonesque, yet the book is an absolute page-turner. Ross intertwines the story of Bummy David with that of Murder Inc. beautifully. And the episode with Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt is an ironic hoot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.