At The Fights by George Kimball
American Writers on Boxing

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Named a best book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, At the Fights is a gritty and glittering anthology of the very best writing about boxing. Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson; Richard Wright on Joe Louis’s historic victory over Max Schmeling; A. J. Liebling’s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter; Jimmy Cannon on Archie Moore, the greatest fighter of the 1950s; James Baldwin and Gay Talese on Floyd Patterson’s epic fight with Sonny Liston; George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X; Norman Mailer on the Rumble in the Jungle; Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila; Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D’Amato; Mark Kriegel on Oscar De La Hoya; and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson. National Book Award–winning novelist Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) offers a foreword and, in a new preface, John Schulian pays tribute to his co-editor, George Kimball, who lost his battle with cancer in 2011.
GEORGE KIMBALL (1943–2011) was a longtime sportswriter (Boston Herald) and the author of Four Kings: Leonrad, Hagler, Hearns, and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing. JOHN SCHULIAN was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Philadelphia Daily News before moving to Hollywood, where he was the co-creator of Xena: Warrior Princess. He is the author of Writers’ Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists. Both are recipients of the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, awarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
 

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John Schulian’s work has been included in Best American Sports Writing and Sports Illustrated’s Fifty Years of Great Writing. His many books include The John Lardner Reader and Twilight of the Long-Ball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball, both available in Bison Books editions. William Nack is the author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion and Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by The Library of America. 540 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The colorful, brutal and unforgettable characters who have practiced the so-called sweet science are brought to life with varying degrees of skill by the journalists in this collection.

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At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing edited by George Kimball and John Schulian.

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Here was a compendium of great fight writers"“ hell, great writers, period"“ in chronological order, beginning with Jack London on Jack Johnson's massacre of Jim Jeffries in 1910 and ending with Carlo Rotella's 2002 take on former heavyweight champ Larry Holmes at the tired end of a long career.

Dec 20 2010 | Read Full Review of At The Fights: American Write...

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