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Originally published in 1958, The Professional is the story of boxer Eddie Brown's quest for the middleweight championship of the world. But it is so much more. W. C. Heinz not only serves up a realistic depiction of the circus-like atmosphere around boxing with its assorted hangers-on, crooked promoters, and jaded journalists, but he gives us two memorable characters in Eddie Brown and in Brown's crusty trainer, Doc Carroll. They are at the heart of this poignant story as they bond together with their eye on the only prize that mattersthe middleweight championship. The Professional is W. C. Heinz at the top of his gamethe writer who covered the fights better than anyone else of his era, whose lean sentences, rough-and-ready dialogue, dry wit, and you-are-there style helped lay the foundation for the New Journalism of Jimmy Breslin, Gay Talese, and Tom Wolfe. And all the trademark qualities of W. C. Heinz are on ample display in this novel that Pete Hamill described as "one of the five best sports novels ever written."
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Edition description:||First Da Capo Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
W. C. Heinz is the coauthor of Run to Daylight, the best-selling autobiography of Vince Lombardi, and MASH, the novel that later became a successful movie and TV series. Da Capo recently published an omnibus collection of his best sportswriting, What a Time It Was. W. C. Heinz lives in Vermont.
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Heinz is one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century.
W.C. Heinz does a terrific job of capturing the atmosphere of a boxer's training camp and places the reader right in the middle of it. Absolutely great! If anyone wants to discuss the ending, please feel free to e-mail me.