Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler / Edition 1

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Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1919 to 1926, Jack Dempsey, also known as the Manassa Mauler, began his boxing career as a skinny boy of sixteen, riding the rails and participating in hastily staged saloon bouts against miners and lumberjacks.

Roberts draws on a wealth of newspaper articles and interviews to chronicle Dempsey's rise to the heavyweight championship and his six title defenses - including bouts against Billy Miske in 1920, the Frenchman George Carpentier in 1921, and Tommy Gibbons and Louis Firpo in 1923. Also included are accounts of the eventual loss of his title to Gene Tunney in 1926 and the rematch in 1927, which Dempsey also lost in the infamous "long count". After continuing to fight in exhibitions, Dempsey retired from boxing in 1940 with an astonishing sixty-four victories; forty-nine of them knockouts.

Roberts tells of the formation of this sports hero and his image, including accounts of Dempsey's forays into Hollywood, the controversy over his alleged draft dodging, his long life following his retirement, and his enduring legacy as one of the greatest fighters in boxing history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252071485
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 351,480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Toledo, 1919 1
I The Son of a Pipe Dream 3
II A Trade for the Hungry 18
III Marriages of Different Kinds 32
IV Crucible Under the Sun 50
V Champion: Roses and Thorns 67
VI The Battle of the Century 100
VII A Question of Morals 130
VIII Shelby Under Attack 146
IX The Greatest Fight Since the Silurian Age 170
X The Nose Makes the Man 193
XI And Ghastly Thro' the Drizzling Rain 212
XII I'm Fighting for the Glory 236
Epilogue: Everybody Give the Big Boy a Hand 264
Postscript: "Here's to Heroes" 271
Notes 275
Bibliography 297
Index 309
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