Barney Ross by Douglas Century
The Life of a Jewish Fighter (Jewish Encounters)

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Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Born Dov-Ber Rasofsky to Eastern European immigrant parents, Barney Ross grew up in a tough Chicago neighborhood and witnessed his father’s murder, his mother’s nervous breakdown, and the dispatching of his three younger siblings to an orphanage, all before he turned fourteen. To make enough money to reunite the family, Ross became a petty thief, a gambler, a messenger boy for Al Capone, and, eventually, an amateur boxer. Turning professional at nineteen, he would capture the lightweight, junior welterweight, and welterweight titles over the course of a ten-year career.

Ross began his career as the scrappy “Jew kid,” ended it as an American sports icon, and went on to become a hero during World War II, earning a Silver Star for his heroic actions at Guadalcanal. While recovering from war wounds and malaria he became addicted to morphine, but with fierce effort he ultimately kicked his habit and then campaigned fervently against drug abuse. And the fighter who brought his father’s religious books to training camp also retained powerful ties to the world from which he came. Ross worked for the creation of a Jewish state, running guns to Palestine and offering to lead a brigade of Jewish American war veterans.

This first biography of one of the most colorful boxers of the twentieth century is a galvanizing account of an emblematic life: a revelation of both an extraordinary athlete and a remarkable man.


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About Douglas Century

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William Queen is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Under and Alone" and "Armed and Dangerous," He spent twenty years as a special agent with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A Vietnam veteran, Queen devoted his career to law enforcement, serving first as a local police officer and then as a U.S. Border Patrol agent before joining ATF. He is among the country's foremost experts on the violent world of outlaw motorcycle gangs and has lectured widely to law-enforcement organizations in multiple countries. For his ground-breaking undercover work playing the part of biker "Billy St. John," William Queen was awarded the 2001 Federal Bar Association's Medal of Valor. Douglas Century is the author of "Barney Ross and Street Kingdom," the co-author of the "New York Times" bestsellers" Under and Alone "and "Takedown," and a contributing writer for "The New York Times," His nonfiction work has appeared in such publications as "Details, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, New York, Vibe, Radar, Blender, Newsday," and "The Guardian," Century is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University. He lives in New York City. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 6, 2009 by Schocken. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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Moving biography of the 1930s boxer who fought his way out of a Jewish ghetto in Chicago to become a World Champion and a genuine World War II hero.

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Publishers Weekly

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A powerful account of the career of "one of the two greatest Jewish boxers of the twentieth century," this third volume in Schocken's Jewish Encounters series delivers a short but fasci

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The New York Times

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Barney Ross became a boxing icon and a war hero, and fought for a Jewish state.

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Austin Chronicle

For immigrant American Jews throughout the 1930s and early Forties, Barney Ross was a giant, a hero who carried the weight of their hopes on his welterweight shoulders, as their old Europe tumbled into darkness.

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