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The Sweet Science | [A. J. Liebling]

The Sweet Science

This collection of A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" brings vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis' unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring.
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Publisher's Summary

This collection of A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" brings vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis' unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring; a combination that prompted Sports Illustrated to name The Sweet Science the best American sports book of all time.

©1951 the Estate of A.J. Liebling; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Nobody wrote about boxing with more grace and enthusiasm than Joe Liebling." (New York Times)
"In The Sweet Science, as in all his books, Liebling himself, the voice and the character, is immensely appealing." (New Yorker)

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    J Houston, TX, United States 06-27-08
    J Houston, TX, United States 06-27-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Too much on the fights, not enough on the fighters"

    Liebling writes amazing well, but I thought I would get more on the fighters, and less on the fights. The fight analysis is interesting, but I would take Kindred's book on Cosell and Ali over Liebling's sweet science. How much of that is because I experienced both Cosell and Ali growing up, while Liebling is covering fight history, I do not know.

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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 08-07-14
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "You better love boxing."

    a sports writer here in phoenix stated this was one of the top 10 sport books that he had ever read. based on his recommendation i read the book. the book is well written and gives a great history of the art of boxing and ring fighting. i don't think it is one of the top 10 sport books ever written but it is worth the time to read and get an in depth look at this sport.

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    Anne 11-22-11
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    "Excellent perspective on boxing during that era"

    As a recent convert to rabid boxing fan, I picked up this title. Liebling keeps the listener interested with his astute commentary on boxers from his era and the social factors that were influencing the sport. I looked for another of his books on audio and was disappointed not to find one. The narrator is excellent (and I consider myself picky about narrators).

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