In A Flame of Pure Fire, renowned sports writer Roger Kahn not only chronicles the thrilling, brutal bouts of the Manassa Mauler, but also illustrates how the tumultuous 1920s shaped Dempsey - and how the champ, in turn, left an indelible mark on sports and American history.
©2000 Roger Kahn; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"One doesn't have to be a fan of boxing to be enthralled by this story of a nice guy who didn't finish last." (The New Yorker)
Santa Cruz, CA
If you are interested in the story of the great Jack Dempsey this is not the book for you. Roger Kahn, the overrated sports writer, books, not newspapers has written what should have been called, “My Ideas and Political Philosophies of the 1920s.” He praises every Liberal writer of the era, while adding a bit of Dempsey here and there. It got so bad that I had a difficult time finishing the thing. If I want to hear about Sacco and Vanzetti, the scandals of the Harding admiration, or how evil and nefarious Calvin Coolidge was, I would get a history book. As for the narrator, that’s another gripe. I though I was listening to John Goodman, not that I have anything against John Goodman, but after 17 hours the readers crude Midwestern patter becomes almost intolerable, not to mention his mispronunciations of many of the names which the most casual of listeners would certainly recognize. Names such as Roosevelt, Carl Leammle, Paul Gallico, it al. . . .If you are a boxing fan, especially a Jack Dempsey fan leave this one alone.
"And we think life is hard now!!"
I love this book and this is my second read as I also own the paper version of it and enjoyed it a few years back. Jack Dempsey with Tyson and Ali are my favourite boxing characters in history and the key thing that I enjoyed about this book is that we are provided with all of the intricacies pertaining to the time period which makes this story even more enjoyable.
Downloaded this as i was interested in learning something about the first black heavyweight champion. So you can imagine my initial disappointment...which lasted about ten minutes. Fabulous read/listen. Great social commentary and history of this exciting period & boxer. Couldn't put it down (turn it off anyway). One of those stories you want to start again as soon as it finishes. Give it a go, simply excellent.
If you're a boxing fan and lover of The Roaring 20's this is one for you.
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