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aristotlemoses
12-22-2009, 10:08 PM
anyone got any to recommend?
I just bought that new sugar ray robinson one.
Was looking to see if there is anything that is worth a read.

Thread Stealer
12-23-2009, 02:10 AM
Here are some of the boxing books I enjoyed:

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Thread Stealer
12-23-2009, 02:11 AM
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cooper5
12-23-2009, 02:35 AM
Here are some of the boxing books I enjoyed:

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I was wondering, I haven't read this book. Is it down and dirty(truthful) about King's known doings, or is it nice like it was put out by Kings publicist?

Thread Stealer
12-23-2009, 02:44 AM
I was wondering, I haven't read this book. Is it down and dirty(truthful) about King's known doings, or is it nice like it was put out by Kings publicist?

It's definitely not a book that made King happy.

One time, Jack Newfield kept questioning King about some shady thing that happened, and King yelled at him in front of all the video cameras. It was on one of those TV news programs, Dateline or something like that.

sonnyboyx2
12-23-2009, 03:28 AM
I was wondering, I haven't read this book. Is it down and dirty(truthful) about King's known doings, or is it nice like it was put out by Kings publicist?

Great Book...

also check out "Dark Trade - by Donald McRae"
and Larry Holmes - Against the odds`

GJC
12-23-2009, 04:15 PM
In This Corner
Men of Steel
They Could've Been Contenders' by Jim McNeill also That Night in the Garden also by McNeil I recommend both very highly

chrismart83
12-23-2009, 05:01 PM
'Raging Bull' and 'The Four Kings' are good reads.

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JAB5239
12-23-2009, 11:54 PM
'Raging Bull' and 'The Four Kings' are good reads.

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'Raging bull' was decent, but overrated in my opinion. I mention this every time one of these threads pops up, but 'Barney Ross' by Douglas Century was an excellent read.



***8220;If I were the education president every White House inhabitant claims to be, the reforms would begin with putting Douglas Century***8217;s new biography, Barney Ross on the required-reading list.***8221;
Chicago Tribune

***8220;This is an excellent story of a man and his times. And proof positive that time does not relinquish its hold over men or monuments. In a sport devoted to fashioning halos for its superstars, Ross wore a special nimbus, and this book properly fits him for that.***8221;
New York Times Book Review

***8220;It is not often that a modern biography ennobles not only its subject but the genre itself, but this is exactly what Mr. Century has accomplished, crafting a narrative as unsparing and inspiring as its subject.***8221;
New York Sun

eslubin
12-24-2009, 12:08 AM
john grombach's boxing history book

cooper5
12-24-2009, 12:56 AM
I was wondering, I haven't read this book. Is it down and dirty(truthful) about King's known doings, or is it nice like it was put out by Kings publicist?

Thanks for the answer, I will check it out when I can.

The Stone Roses
12-24-2009, 05:39 AM
best boxing book ever is Muhammad Ali: His Life And Time by Thomas Hauser....straight out

http://www.amazon.com/Muhammad-Ali-His-Life-Times/dp/0671779710

Adamantium
12-24-2009, 07:04 AM
It's definitely not a book that made King happy.

One time, Jack Newfield kept questioning King about some shady thing that happened, and King yelled at him in front of all the video cameras. It was on one of those TV news programs, Dateline or something like that.
The Don king documentary by Jack Newfield is posted up on Youtube

Thread Stealer
12-24-2009, 07:16 AM
'Raging bull' was decent, but overrated in my opinion. I mention this every time one of these threads pops up, but 'Barney Ross' by Douglas Century was an excellent read.



“If I were the education president every White House inhabitant claims to be, the reforms would begin with putting Douglas Century’s new biography, Barney Ross on the required-reading list.”
Chicago Tribune

“This is an excellent story of a man and his times. And proof positive that time does not relinquish its hold over men or monuments. In a sport devoted to fashioning halos for its superstars, Ross wore a special nimbus, and this book properly fits him for that.”
New York Times Book Review

“It is not often that a modern biography ennobles not only its subject but the genre itself, but this is exactly what Mr. Century has accomplished, crafting a narrative as unsparing and inspiring as its subject.”
New York Sun

What struck out the most about Raging Bull is what a sick person LaMotta was/is.

You watch the movie and think what an unlikeable dirtbag he was. You read the book and he discusses some of the things he did, and realize that he looked like a saint in the movie compared to how he described himself.

chrismart83
12-24-2009, 03:45 PM
What struck out the most about Raging Bull is what a sick person LaMotta was/is.

You watch the movie and think what an unlikeable dirtbag he was. You read the book and he discusses some of the things he did, and realize that he looked like a saint in the movie compared to how he described himself.

yeah, he didnt seem a likable person. Certainly lived a dark life.

chrismart83
12-24-2009, 03:49 PM
Anyone read Teddy Atlas's book? Any good ?

Also, anyone read any good books on Tyson, seems to be a few to choose from.

Iv hot ahold of 'Hands of Stone', havent got around to reading it yet though.

aristotlemoses
12-24-2009, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I like reading a good book about the sports history.
This ray robinson book is pretty good so far.
I have a lot of the greatest fighter type books and crap like that. But i mainly want some books that focus on a single fighter. like the book about barney ross the guy earlier mentioned. Id really be into reading that.
Also I saw someone posted something about a book on Joe Gans. Something I would wanna check out as well.

FM3O
12-24-2009, 11:32 PM
Chris Eubank's autobiography was amazing. I've read many boxing books, and this was by far my favorite. I ordered from Europe through amazon pretty easily, and it was well worth it. By far the best book that goes into a fighters life, body, and mind. I highly reccomend it.

TopContender
12-25-2009, 01:37 AM
I'm either getting the SRR book or the Wilt Chamberlain Larger than Life for xmas today. Also this week, I read "Sting Like a Bee: The Muhammad Ali Story" by Jose Torres. I really liked it. I thought it gave an interesting perspective, since it was published in 1971, ended after Ali's loss to Frazier and didn't have the time to let the public's dislike for Ali fade away. Definitely a good read for a young boxing fan like myself. Also Jose Torres was the LHW champion, so it's from a boxer's perspective. Quick, easy read. I reccomend.

Thread Stealer
12-25-2009, 01:46 AM
Iv hot ahold of 'Hands of Stone', havent got around to reading it yet though.

I thought Hands of Stone was very good. A lot of information, and pretty objective as well.

TopContender
12-25-2009, 01:19 PM
so I ended up getting the SRR book. I'm excited to read it. Anyone know a good Sonny Liston book? I found a few I could look into, but I'm wondering which ones people think are best.

aristotlemoses
12-26-2009, 10:59 AM
Anybody see or read the Italian Stallions book.
Has like Pep and Graziano and all them fighters in it? I was thinkin about pickin that up too.

joeka87
12-26-2009, 07:03 PM
Just finished reading the Teddy Atlas autobiography, what an excellent read. It really gives insightful information on the constant grind a boxing trainer has to go through. He tells about his experiences with Tyson and Cus D'Amato and how they fell apart, also about Michael Moorer, his strange ties to the mob, his disoriented family. Overall, it is a great book which really tells a heck of a lot, I recommend it for anyone not just boxing fans.

I am currently reading The Last Great Fight which is a book focusing on the Tyson/Douglass Heavyweight scrap. Thus far it is a good book, it presents both fighters in circumstances that are unfamiliar to the regular joe's, i'm looking forward to flipping through it.

Ben_London
12-26-2009, 10:12 PM
Man I've got so many good ones here in my cabinet. Loved The four kings one, Atlas' is very engrossing, hands of stone pretty good. I enhoyed Hatton and Calzaghe's autobiographies, Benn and Eubanks' are great too. I recently got Sugar Ray Robinsons' autobiography but haven't read it yet.

bklynboy
12-27-2009, 02:42 PM
Anyone read Teddy Atlas's book? Any good ?

Also, anyone read any good books on Tyson, seems to be a few to choose from.

Iv hot ahold of 'Hands of Stone', havent got around to reading it yet though.

Bad Intentions by Peter Heller is a good book. The author breaks it up into miny bios of Cus D'Amato, Jacobs, Cayton, Rooney, Atlas and weaves them all together. It seems to be a fairly objective book. The time line ranges from Cus D'Amato's boyhood to the rape trial.

I recommend it if you're interested in Mike Tyson.