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Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage
     

Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage

by Budd Schulberg, Hugh McIlvanney (Introduction)
 

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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; draws a revealing portrait of "Uncle" Mike Jacobs, the promotional impresario of boxing in its Golden Age; expertly places Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali in the social history

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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; draws a revealing portrait of "Uncle" Mike Jacobs, the promotional impresario of boxing in its Golden Age; expertly places Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali in the social history of their times; brings fans up to date in the careers of the great names of recent decades—Tyson, Holyfield, De La Hoya, Hopkins, "Chico" Corrales; and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Throughout, Schulberg exhibits a boxing IQ matched by his wit.
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine
A knockout of a sportswriting collection.
The New York Times - Gordon Marino
Brims with fascinating stories.... Essential reading for all serious students of the sweet science.
The Atlantic Monthly - Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwartz
There’s an operatic, carnival-barker quality to Schulberg’s reporting...that reflects the high-low vertigo of the best sports writing.
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles - Robert David Jaffee
Ringside contains Schulberg's mix of erudition and street authenticity.
Hartford Courant - Carole Goldberg
Having covered boxing for more than 60 years...Budd Schulberg knows a thing or two about the sweet science.
Telegraph - Andrew Baker
Schulberg's prose is imperious…Anybody with the slightest interest in the literature of sport should try to get their hands on this book.
Independent - Nick Clarke
Ringside is that rare thing: a sports book by a writer who has truly lived his subject. Boxing has consumed Shulberg for over half a century and it shows on every absorbing page of this wonderful collection.
Gordon Marino
The prose of boxing writers who worked before the dominance of television was punchier than the more subdued and wry tones of today’s sports sophisticates. Schulberg’s brash style and sometimes comedic choice of adjectives are refreshingly revenant . A few of the columns that make up the middle rounds of this work will seem outdated to ardent boxing fans. Nevertheless, the essays that take a toehold in the ’40s and ’50s will prove essential reading for all serious students of the sweet science.
— The New York Times
Atlantic Monthly
There's an operatic, carnival-barker quality to Schulberg's reporting...that reflects the high-low vertigo of the best sportswriting.

Telegraph
Schulberg's prose is imperious…Anybody with the slightest interest in the literature of sport should try to get their hands on this book.
— Andrew Baker
Independent
Ringside is that rare thing: a sports book by a writer who has truly lived his subject. Boxing has consumed Shulberg for over half a century and it shows on every absorbing page of this wonderful collection.
— Nick Clarke

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566637497
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
10/26/2007
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.10(d)

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"Throughout, Schulberg exhibits a boxing IQ matched by his wit."--(John Green, Booklist)

Meet the Author

Budd Schulberg is also the author of What Makes Sammy Run?, The Harder They Fall, The Disenchanted, On the Waterfront (play and screenplay), and Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince. He lives in Westhampton Beach, New York.

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