Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter

Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter

by Ron Ross
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Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter by Ron Ross

A tough kid with a heart of gold, Al "Bummy" Davis grew up in the streets of Brownsville, New York on the fringes of the Jewish mob during the 20's and 30's-thanks to his older brother, a feared racketeer. But as much as he resisted the underworld of Murder, Inc. by becoming a championship fighter and a Brownsville hero, he never did escape the Jewish Mob's shadow. Though he repeatedly stood up to mob kingpins, Bummy suffered a spectacular fall from grace as a result of a smear campaign by the press.

Ron Ross' Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc. is not just about one Jewish boxer, his meteoric rise to fame, and victimization by the press. 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.

Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc. features a cast of colorful villains whom you'll love to hate, a boxing legend who was the unwitting pawn of fate, and the human drama of the boxing world. With his vivid, street-smart Damon Runyonesque writing style, Ron Ross redeems a tragic hero who fought the pull of one of the most brutal groups of killers to grace the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312335717
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Ron Ross is a native New Yorker and was a professional boxer, fight promoter, and manager. Serving on the board of directors of the Veteran Boxers Association of New York and the B'Nai B'rith Sports Lodge of New York, he divides his time between Oceanside, New York, and Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Susan.

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Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read if you want an insight into Brooklyn's past
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. You really need not be boxing fan to like this book. It a book the weaves detailed history and entertainment into one without really trying. I would think it would make a terrific movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought my copy from Ron Ross at the Boxing Hall of Fame. It would be a mistake to think you have to be a fight buff or a fan of mob books to enjoy this. Ross's research pays off as this books takes you for trip back to the 20's, 30's and 40's. You get such a feel for the time and place, Brownsville section of Brooklyn. I would hope a big time movie producer and director get a hold of this. I think it would make a terrific film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took this book from my husband's night table because I never saw him stay up to read a book in one night before. Now I was the one to read through the night. I expected a book about a prizefighter(that's why my husband got it originally)but instead read the history of how a community of hardworking immigrants were affected by the Prohibition and the Depression and the brutal killers that this period gave rise to. I had to cheer and cry for the young Jewish prizefighter who seemed always to be on a collision course with Murder, Inc. How the author, Ron Ross, brings together all the wonderful characters and historical events and blends the interaction into one of the most fascinating reads I have ever had was an absolute work of art. It wasn't that I didn't want to put the book down - I couldn't!
Guest More than 1 year ago
NO ONE CAPTURES LIFE IN BROWNSVILLE LIKE ROSS. HIS LOVE FOR HIS SUBJECT MATTER IS EVIDENT IN HIS COLORFUL PROSE. THIS IS A CAN'T PUT DOWN READ. SIT BACK AND GET LOST FOR A DAY OR TWO AT MOST, BECAUSE YOU WON'T SLEEP UNTIL YOU'RE THROUGH.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ron Ross wrote this book as though he were there. His descriptions of the people and the places were not only moving, they were like reading in a time warp where you the reader were there. Great book, great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book lost me in the first 5 minites of reading